Nigeria Police Find More Weapons at Site of Arms Cache DiscoveryEdwin Olofu
Nigerian police seized more weapons, including pistols and grenade caps, at a home where they earlier said an arms cache was stashed for attacks on Israelis and westerners in the country.
Security forces searching the house in the northern city of Kano found a cooler buried under a wardrobe containing five pistols, ammunition, 36 grenade caps, fuses, two explosive devices and other weapons, Kano Joint Task Force spokesman Ikedichi Iweha said in a statement yesterday.
A search of the home last month uncovered a cache of weapons including anti-aircraft missiles and rocket-propelled grenades. Three Lebanese nationals were arrested in connection with the find and Bassey Etang, Kano state director of the Department of Security Services, told reporters that Hezbollah brought the weapons to Nigeria.
“We continue to count on the support and cooperation of the good people of Kano in the effective discharge of our duties,” Iweha said in the statement.
Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil producer and most populous country, is fighting an insurgency by Boko Haram Islamists who want sharia rule. Lebanon’s Hezbollah is a Shiite militant group, classified as terrorist by the U.S. and Israel. It’s backed by Iran and has fought with President Bashar al-Assad’s forces against rebels in Syria.