Arms Cache: How JTF Busted Underground Bunker, Terrorist Cell In Kano, By Iweha

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SAN FRANCISCO, May 30, (THEWILL) – The military Joint Task Force(JTF) on Thursday explained how an underground bunker in which large cache of arms and ammunition, which was being operated by a foreign terrorist cell, was busted in Kano on Tuesday.

JTF spokesman, Lieutenant Ikedichi Iweha, disclosed this to journalists in a statement issued in Kano.

According to Iweha, "On 28 May 2013 a combined team of the JTF involving the Nigerian Army of the 3 Brigade here in Kano and the Kano State DSS conducted a thorough search of this house located at No 3 Gaya Road off Bompai Road Kano belonging to one Abdul Hassan Taher Fadlalla, a Lebanese national who is currently out of the country.

"After painstaking search of the whole premises, the search team uncovered an underground bunker in the master bedroom where a large quantity of assorted weapons of different types and caliber were recovered.

"The bunker was specially constructed for this purpose. It is worth mentioning to say that the weapons include anti tank weapons, rocket propelled guns, anti tank/anti personnel mines among other dangerous weapons.

" All the weapons and ammunition recovered were properly concealed with several layers of concrete and placed in coolers, drums and bags neatly wrapped."

Maintaining that the discoveries were not accidental but the outcome of an ongoing robust counter terrorism investigation by the Department of the State Services Abuja in the past several months.

"The investigation also confirmed the existence of a Hizbullah foreign terrorist cell in Nigeria. Consequently, the DSS on 16 May 2013 arrested one Mustapha Fawaz, the co-owner of the popular Amigo Supermarket as well as the wonderland Amusement Park, all in Abuja.

"However, the fellow is now at large. The arms and ammunition were targeted at facilities of Israel and Western interest in Nigeria. However, the security agencies are making frantic efforts to unveil the true situation. At the end of investigation, all those involved will be prosecuted," the JTF spokesman said in the statement.