288 Rifles, 35 Rockets Seized From Terrorists Headed To Nigeria From Border...

288 Rifles, 35 Rockets Seized From Terrorists Headed To Nigeria From Border Town

By Salisu Sulaimon | Sub-Editor on April 1, 2014
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One of the vehicles used by the attackers captured by Nigerian troops (Photo: DHQ)

The recent calls for neighboring countries to join forces with Nigeria to oust terrorism in the region appears to be yielding fruit as Cameroon Security forces made a huge seizure of arms apparently meant for use by terrorists operating in Nigeria last weekend.

This was contained in a statement from the Defence Headquarters dated Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

According to the release, over 288 rifles and 35 Rocket Propelled Guns as well as 35 locally made IEDs were recovered after a fierce encounter at Abugasse, Cameroon, close to the Chadian border.

The arms seizure follows the arrest of two suspects believed to be major arms suppliers to the terrorists in Nigeria, who also had in their possession, over 50 Cameroonian passports as well as a Toyota SUV.

Other weapons recovered included pistols, mortar bombs, sub-machine guns and various calibres of ammunition.

The renewed offensive on terrorists by Nigerian troops have continued to record series of arrests of terrorists and recovery of arms especially close to the nation’s border with Cameroon.

The DHQ also stated that the arrest of a terrorist driving a green Peugeot vehicle with registration Number Bauchi 264 AA heading to Maiduguri from Alagarno during the weekend, led to the recovery of 15 AK47 rifles and 12 magazines and various yet to be assembled rifles.

The military also records that since Monday, apart from several dead terrorists, 14 vehicles which were either being used for operation or hidden by the terrorists in various parts of the forests and theatres have been destroyed. Various calibres of weapons and ammunitions were also recovered in the course of fighting and subsequent cordon and search of the areas.

Intensive air and ground surveillance are also ongoing in the general area.

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