Nigeria intercepts major Iran weapons shipment

CAIRO — Nigeria said it has seized a shipment of weapons, munitions and explosives believed sent by Iran.

The shipment was said to have contained Iranian-origin rockets, launchers, grenades and explosives.

“The federal government will not jump into conclusion until everything that has to do with containers of arms is verified,” Nigerian National Security Adviser Maj. Gen. Andrew Azazi said on Oct. 28.

Officials said the containers were listed in documents as construction material. They said the containers, transported by an Iranian ship, reached the Nigerian port of Lagos and was unloaded in late October.

“Upon opening the first container, the service operatives discovered rocket launchers, grenades and other explosives,” Nigerian State Security Service spokeswoman Marilyn Ogar said.


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