08 June 2012
These are two powerful Army assault rifles seized by police from a London gang.
The terrifying guns were found hidden in a bedroom cupboard after a raid by armed officers in Edmonton.
Today Mohammed Ismail, 29, of Plowmans Close, Upper Edmonton was facing sentencing after admitting possession of the weapons.
Detectives from Scotland Yard’s Central Task Force – which targets London’s crime gangs – stormed his home in February after a tip-off.
Inside a wardrobe in a spare bedroom officers found the Belgian Fabrique Nationale assault rifle capable of fully automatic fire, and L1A1 self-loading rifle capable of semi-automatic fire.
The weapons were regular issue to several armies around the world until the 1990s, have a range of 500 metres and are so powerful they are capable of firing bullets through walls.
Detectives believe Ismail was storing the weapons for Somalian gang members engaged in a violent turf war in north London.
Detective Chief Inspector Steve Wagstaff said: “My officers are constantly seeking to target the upper echelons of organised crime linked to the supply of firearms to gang members within London.
“This is an excellent example of their expertise in supporting the efforts of borough and Trident teams in tackling gang violence.
“The self-loading rifle is an extremely devastating assault rifle and this seizure means that two more live weapons have been taken off the streets of London.”
A 23-year-old woman was also arrested in connection with the investigation and remains on bail.