A KDF soldier with the FN SCAR rifle. In Africa it the only force that uses the rifle. IMAGE/ COURTESY

The police have impound a gun consignment of 1,000 automatic riffles worth Ksh300 million from Belgium at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

The riffles had been imported by a local dealer, whose licence had been revoked by the Firearms Licencing Board (FLB).

The guns, FN Scar riffles, belonged to Sailesh Mistry of CatEyes Ltd.

The board was however disbanded by interior CS Fred Matiang’i, consequently revoking the licences of 21 gun dealers in the country.

Kenya Defence Force (KDF) commando unit, the Special Forces (SF) is the only African elite unit armed with the rifles.

The FN SCAR (Special Operation Forces Combat Assault Rifle) is a gas-operated (short-stroke gas piston) self-loading rifle with a rotating bolt. It is constructed to be extremely modular, including barrel change to switch between calibers.

It is designed in Belgium and manufactured in California, US and costs about Ksh310,000. Other units using the rifle include the US Navy SEALs and US Marines


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