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Libyans give up guns and explosives in state collection drives

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Libyans give up guns and explosives in state collection drives

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Hundreds turned out in Tripoli and Benghazi to hand in weapons left over from last year’s war.
With the government struggling to impose authority, it has launched the initiative in an attempt to make the country safer and crack down on armed militants.

One participant said, “As part of the initiative I have handed over my weapon. We want our country to be safe and secure. We don’t want weapons anymore. It’s over, the time of war is over. We got rid of the tyrant. Thank God.”

Muanmar Gaddafi is gone, but militant groups still patrol the streets. The government is attempting to disband the rogue militias, while offering backing to some of the most powerful legitimate groups in order to strengthen the state security forces.