12 July 2014

Nigeria: Soldiers Unearth More Weapons From Underground Armouries

Abuja — The mopping up operations in Balmo forest has been yielding more discoveries of arms stockpiled in underground cells in the forest, the Defence Headquarters said on Friday.

Also, Coordinator of the National Information Centre, Mike Omeri confirmed the discoveries at a media briefing in Abuja.

Director, Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade disclosed that the troops have been combing the forest in search of hidden weapons.

"Troops who have been excavating various sites in the forest in search of hidden weapons, have so far recovered over 10 rifles along with parts and accessories as well as more than 80 General Purpose Machine Guns, tubes of Rocket Propelled Grenades and Launchers, cables, wires and thousands of rounds of assorted ammunition.

"Also recovered in the search are uniforms of security agencies including protective clothing," he stated.

Olukolade noted that the suspects captured in the forest have been taken into custody and were given information linking the activities in the forest with other terrorist activities in the country

At the briefing, Olukolade explained that some said a good number of soldiers are being tried for acts of disobedience and insubordination following the mutiny in Borno State but did not disclosed the number.

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