Friday, 31 May 2013

(INSIDE GIST): JTF Seize Over 50 Bombs From Lebanese Members Of Boko Haram

Four foreign nationals, suspected to have hailed from Middle East, were arrested in Kano by the Joint Task Force in the Bompai area of Kano on Wednesday.

Owner of the complex, where the weapons were impounded, simply identified as a Lebanese national, was arrested by military personnel.

Security sources disclosed that items recovered from the extensive operation included 40 air-to-surface missiles, 50 cluster bombs, 200 rocket-propel launchers, eight AK-47 rifles and 200 military hand grenades.

The “weapons of war” were said to have been evacuated to the headquarters of the 3rd Motorised Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Kano, alongside the foreign nationals.

Preliminary investigation had begun while “three countries have been indicted and the military high command is working to ascertain the culpability.

Meanwhile, the JTF has arrested 50 terror suspects in Borno State with the aid of special dogs, says the Director of Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Chris Olukolade.

Olukolade said in a statement on Wednesday that the terror suspects were arrested with the help of specially trained dogs while trying to infiltrate Maiduguri.

The Defence spokesman said 15 of those arrested were caught with arms concealed either their bodies or their properties.

Olukolade said: “The efforts of the specially trained dogs have so far led to the arrest of over 50 terrorists who were trying to infiltrate Maiduguri.”
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