Security forces intercept arms cache in Borno
Security forces in Borno State said they have intercepted a large consignment of arms including rocket launchers and rifles at a border community in the state. The arms were believed to have been smuggled into the country by the Boko Haram sect.
According to Lt. Col. Sagir Musa, spokesman of the Joint Task Force (JTF), the arms which include eight rocket propelled launchers, 10 rocket bombs, 10 rocket chargers and two AK 47 rifles, were intercepted at Daban Masara, a border town with Chad in Monguno Local Government Area through intelligence networking among the JTF, Department of State Security Service, other security agencies and the Multi-National Joint Task Force operating in the nation’s North-east borders.
“The incident happened at about 9pm on Monday, July 30, during which two suspected Boko Haram sect members escorting the consignment were killed in an exchange of fire. According to Musa, the large consignment was being moved from Baga/Daban heading towards Maiduguri in a blue Hilux vehicle with (Yobe) registration number NGU19XA,” he disclosed.
While explaining the details of the seizure of the consignment, Musa said the arms were carefully concealed under heap of palm leaves in the truck, giving the impression that they were carrying ordinary palm leaves for domestic use. He said 13 Magazine with six rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition as well as a Bank PHB ATM card were also recovered.
“The JTF wishes to once again appeal to members of the public to provide useful information to security agencies in order to stop the spate of isolated killings in the state,” he added.