Daily Trust (Abuja)

22 March 2014

Nigeria: Military Recover Hidden Weapons in Burnt Borno Church

Security forces yesterday said they have recovered a cache of arms and ammunitions hidden in a church burnt by terrorists. A statement issued by the Director Defence Information Major-General Chris Olukolade, for the Joint Information Centre on Counter-Terrorism Campaign disclosed yesterday. He stated that the arrest of a terrorist who claims to be a Cameroonian and an arms courier for the group led to the discovery.

"The weapons, which have now been recovered by troops include anti-aircraft guns, rocket-propelled guns as well as the various types of machine guns," General Olukayode said, adding that they were found buried on the premises of one of the churches earlier burnt by terrorists in Kalabalge Local Government Area of Borno State.

The middle-aged courier led troops on the cordon-and-search operation towards the recovery was one of the terrorists captured in recent raids. He also disclosed that the weapons were stockpiled to be used in a pending attack on some communities around Nigeria-Cameroon border.

The weapons have been evacuated while guard locations and patrols are being maintained in the general area and the surrounding localities. General Olukolade added: "Caves of a particular mountain captured overnight is undergoing a thorough search for terrorists who are believed to have fled there."

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