Friday, December 02, 2005

Texas: Suspect killed during alleged robbery: "An apparent armed robber was killed early Sunday while fighting with his victim at a north Houston apartment complex, police said. The victim was in his truck at the complex in the 100 block of Northpoint when he was approached about 3:30 a.m. by the assailant, who tried to rob him, Houston police said. Both men were shot during the struggle.The suspected robber was struck in the head and died at the scene. The victim was shot in the abdomen and groin area."

South Africa: Police steal, destroy thousands of firearms: "Kwazulu-Natal police have destroyed more than 7,000 illegal firearms as part of the haul of illegal guns seized and also those handed over voluntarily during the amnesty period. These weapons will never fall into the wrong hands again. Thousands of pistols, revolvers and even homemade guns were destroyed-amongst them, 47 AK 47 rifles-notorious amongst organized crime syndicates. The haul was part of a huge crackdown on violent crimes in the province. Twenty thousand other firearms have been confiscated around the province. Police say despite strict laws on the possession of illegal and unlicensed weapons, people are still taking chances. 'It seems our operations are working, we have made a dent in the collection of these illegal arms, but there has been an increase in the number of murders with criminals using knives,' says Bheki Cele, KwaZulu-Natal's safety and security MEC."

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