World Bulletin / News Desk
The Nigerian army on Friday said it had discovered and seized a large cache of weapons hidden by Boko Haram rebels inside a church that was recently torched in Nigeria's northeastern Borno State.
"The arrest of a suspected terrorist has led to the discovery of a large cache of arms and ammunition hidden in the premises of a burnt church in Kalabalge in… Borno State," army spokesman Chris Olukolade declared in a statement.
The arrested suspect, Olukolade added, claimed to be a Cameroonian national and an arms courier for Boko Haram.
"Weapons recovered by troops include anti-aircraft guns, rocket propelled guns… and other kinds of machine guns," he said.
"Also recovered were thousands of rounds of ammunition," the spokesman said, noting that troops had been led to the hidden arms cache by "one of the terrorists captured in a recent raid."
According to Olukolade, the arrested suspect had revealed that the hidden weapons had been intended for use in an impending attack near the border with Cameroon.
A hitherto peaceful organization that had preached against government corruption, Boko Haram suddenly turned violent in 2009 following the murder of its leader, Mohamed Yusuf, while in police custody.
In the years since, the group has been blamed for thousands of terrorist acts, including attacks on churches and security posts across Nigeria's northern region, especially the Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.
Although it claims to want an Islamist government in the region, Nigerian Muslims – most of whom reject Boko Haram as un-Islamic – have also been targeted by the group.Last Mod: 22 Mart 2014, 10:10