Nigeria finds third 'car bomb'

2010-11-18 22:22

Abuja - Nigeria's intelligence agency said on Thursday it had recovered a vehicle that had been wired to explode and which was linked to twin car bombings on October 1 that killed at least 12 people.

Ex-militant leader Henry Okah is suspected of masterminding the independence day bombings in the capital Abuja and has been held in South Africa, where he lives, since the day after the attack.

Intelligence spokesperson Marilyn Ogar said "not all of the vehicles wired for bombings were detonated" and that a vehicle had been recovered at a hotel in Port Harcourt, a city in the oil-producing Niger Delta region.

Ogar told reporters the vehicle had been towed back to Abuja for forensic examination.

She said 10 bulletproof jackets and camouflage vests were found in the vehicle, but did not explain why they would be there if it was meant to explode.

Ogar said the agency also intercepted military boots, water bottles and camp tents she claimed were sent by another bomb suspect, Charles Okah, the brother of Henry Okah, and destined for militants.

Henry Okah, ex-leader of Nigeria's main militant group Mend, has said he is innocent.

Authorities also accuse Okah of involvement in a March attack in the oil city of Warri outside a building where talks on a government amnesty programme were being held. The March twin car bombings killed at least one person.