At least 600 weapons have been stolen from a former United Arab Emirates-run military training centre in Somalia and are for sale in the capital Mogadishu, weapons dealers told Reuters news agency.
The weapons include new Kalashnikov assault rifles.
Buyers told Reuters they had been sold the weapons by Somali soldiers who had been training at the facility.
The implication is that they stole them while the centre was being closed down.
On Monday, gunshots were heard at the former training centre and UAE-trained troops that were still there left with as many weapons as they could, reports Reuters.
The UAE has been paying for the soldiers’ training but stopped earlier this month because of a diplomatic fall-out.
The government in Mogadishu had been angered by Emirati plans to train security forces in the breakaway region of Somaliland and told the UAE that they no longer needed its help.
SOURCE: BBC Africa