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Five officers killed and nine injured in an ambush at a peaceful protest, July 7, 2016

Dallas Gunman Used Saiga AK-47 Assault-Style Rifle: Sources

The United States banned the importation of Saiga and other Kalashnikov-made weapons in July 2014

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    Dallas Gunman Used Saiga AK-47 Assault-Style Rifle: Sources
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    An FBI evidence response team works the crime scene, Sunday, July 10, 2016, where five Dallas police officers were killed Thursday, in Dallas. A peaceful protest over the recent videotaped shootings of black men by police turned violent Thursday night as gunman Micah Johnson shot at officers, killing five and injuring seven, as well as two civilians. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    One of the weapons Micah Xavier Johnson allegedly used in the attack that killed five police officers in Dallas last week was a variant of the AK-47 assault-style rifle, several law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation told NBC News.

    Dallas Police Chief David Brown had previously identified the weapon as an SKS semi-automatic rifle, but the sources disputed that account, saying investigators and a photo taken at the scene of the weapon showed otherwise.

    Most SKS rifles are classified as "curios" or "relics" by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (PDF) and can be legally bought and sold as collectibles under certain circumstances.

    Instead, the sources said, the weapon was a Saiga AK-74 — a semi-automatic assault-style rifle.

    Lovelock Correctional Center via AP

    The United States banned the importation of Saiga and other Kalashnikov-made weapons in July 2014 as part of its sanctions against Russia over Moscow's role in separatist violence in Ukraine.