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Spain cracks down on illegal firearms

Spanish authorities have taken away more than 12,000 military firearms, 300 pistols and 150 revolvers in a single operation as they tackle the illegal trafficking of firearms across Spain.

This operation in Guecho, in the Basque Country region, was part of the Policía Nacional’s antiterrorism measures.

Working closely with Europol and Interpol agencies has led to a number of arrests and seizures of firearms since 2015.

Earlier this week, two men were arrested in Seville for importing firearms from various countries including Austria and America.

The men were suspected to have “cannibalised” parts of firearms which they could put together later.

A man was also arrested in Jaén for hosting YouTube tutorials on producing “homemade” firearms in Arabic.

He would share information on how to make weapons using items such as wood and how to pass these weapons through security checks at airports and other public places.

In Benidorm, a group of eight individuals were arrested and a further nine are being investigated, for being in possession of firearms.