Monday, September 10, 2007

Guinea-Bissau to shoot down drug planes

I wrote earlier about how Guinea-Bissau might become Africa's first narco-state. The government has responded by promising to shoot down suspected drug planes that enter the country's airspace.

How much of a deterrent this will represent is open to question. BBC West Africa correspondent Will Ross says it is clear that the very people who should be countering it have been involved. Earlier this year a consignment of over 2.5 tonnes of cocaine was flown into a military airstrip. Two soldiers were later arrested in cars which had been packed with over 600kg (over 1300 lbs) of cocaine.

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