Published on July 31, 2012
The Joint Task Force (JTF) on OperationRestore Order (ORO) on Tuesday said it intercepted rocket launchers, rocket bombs and AK 47 rifles being transported by suspected terrorists to Nigeria’s traumatised city of Maiduguri, capital of Borno state. It also said it killed two suspected terrorists in Monguno Local Government Area (LGA) of Borno State, who accompanied the arms.
The JTF Spokesman, Lt.-Col.Sagir Musa, stated this while briefing newsmen in Maiduguri today and added that the two men died in a shootout with the JTF men.. “The arms included eight rocket
launchers, 10 rocket bombs, 10 rocket chargers, two AK 47 rifles and 13 magazines.” He said that the arms were concealed in a blue Toyota Hilux vehicle heading towards Maiduguri.
“The JTF in conjunction with the Department of State Service, the Multinational Joint Task Force intercepted large consignment of arms and ammunition. “The consignment was intercepted at Daban Masara in Monguno Local Government Area (LGA) of Borno based on intelligence report.
“The large consignment of arms was being moved from Baga Masara heading towards Maiduguri in a blue hilux vehicle. “The JTF wishes to appeal to members of the public to provide useful information to security agencies in order to stop the isolated killings in the state.”
Maiduguri has been the major centre of the violence by the Boko Haram sects and hundreds of people have been killed since 2009 when the insurgency began.