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Two British private security contractors have been accused of arms smuggling in Afghanistan after authorities discovered they were in possession of 30 AK-47 assault rifles without any documentation. The Telegraph reports that the two men have said they were on the way to a rifle range to try out the guns prior to buying them from a licensed dealer. However, the Afghan police who stopped the dealers found they did not possess any permits for the fire arms.
The Canadian firm they worked for, Garda World, has also been stopped from doing business in Afghanistan by the government.
According to the Washington Post, suspicion also surrounds the fact that all the weapons had their serial numbers scratched off.
Since 2010, 57 private security contractors have been shut down in Afghanistan. It is now reported that 47 remain active in the country.
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