Iraqi National Police seized nearly 200 weapons during search operations in the New Baghdad security district of eastern Baghdad, June 29.
At 11:30 a.m., police from the 4th Brigade, 1st National Police Division reported confiscating about 150 weapons during a clearance operation of Muhalla 733 in the Mashtal area of New Baghdad. The weapons included 133 AK-47 rifles, four AK-22 rifles, three SKS rifles, a bolt-action rifle, two air-gun rifles, an MP-5 sub-machinegun, an RPK machinegun and six pistols.
Also in Muhalla 733, at approximately 1 p.m., police from the 4th Bde., 1st NP Div. reported confiscating 20 AK 47 rifles, two bolt-action rifles and two pistols. In addition, the security platoon assigned to 4th Bde., 1st NP Div. reported seizing 19 AK-47 rifles as part of the Muhalla 733 clearance mission at 3 p.m.
â€œThe National Police are more vigilant than ever in enforcing a weapons free zone to protect the citizens of Baghdad,â€ said Maj. Joey Sullinger, a spokesperson for 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light), Multi-National Division â€“ Baghdad. â€œSuccessful missions such as this bolster the peopleâ€™s confidence in the security forces that provide them safety and security, and it sends a message to militants that their days of uninhibited intimidation are over.â€