Nigerian cops find arms cache

2012-04-06 22:34

Kano - Nigerian authorities have recovered a cache of arms, including explosives and rocket launchers, in two separate raids in the restive northern city of Gombe and arrested six suspects, a senior official said.

"Following weeks of surveillance we gathered enough intelligence information on the hoodlums which led to the raids that led to the recovery of the weapons in the two hideouts," secret police chief Bitrus Asha told reporters late on Thursday outside the house where the bombs were found.

"We recovered among other things 60 improvised explosive devices in soft drink cans, 48 bags of ammonia nitrate fertiliser and other chemicals for bomb-making and detonating cables," he said.

He said five suspects were arrested during that raid and another one during a second raid.

Asha added that 51 rocket launchers were found in the second raid on a house in the Barunde suburb of the city.

He could not say if the suspects were from the Boko Haram Islamist sect that has carried out a series of deadly attacks in the city, including the February bombing and shooting attacks on a police station that killed 14 people.

Thursday's raids came as Nigeria stepped up security across the country to forestall any attacks by Boko Haram during the Easter festivities.