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Bali Police Crack Down on Illegal Fire Arms

Following Denpasar Shooting Police Conduct 'Sweeps' to Confiscate Illegal Weapons.

(8/30/2004) Following several shooting incidents in Bali over the past few months, including the most recent pre-dawn drive-by shooting at a Denpasar Karaoke lounge on Sunday, August 22, 2004 that resulted in the serious wounding of a security guard, Bali's police are taking steps to curb the presence of illegal weapons in the community.

Bali's police said this week that they are taking firm steps to remove illegal firearms and knives from the community. A police spokesman announced that police will be undertaking surprise sweeps at local night spots targeted at confiscating illegal weapons. Police are also asking the public to volunteer information that would lead them to individuals or locations in possession of any illegal weapons.

The most recent shooting at the Karoake Akasia in downtown Denpasar was believed to be tied to gang activities and has sparked a massive investigation by Bali police. According to police, a suspect has been identified in that incident who is now the object of nation-wide manhunt that police feel certain will soon result in an arrest.