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Troops intercept large quantities of ammunition in Birnin Gwari, Kaduna

The Kaduna State government has announced that troops of Operation Forest Sanity have intercepted a large quantity of ammunition being conveyed to bandits by a courier around Polewire in the Birnin Gwari local government area of the state.

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The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, in a statement said the troops followed up on credible intelligence around gun-running activities and in the course of diligent checks stopped a suspicious-looking vehicle within the location of interest.”

The statement said a search of the intercepted vehicle – a black Toyota Corolla – revealed more than 2,000 rounds of various grades of ammunition, concealed in different parts of the car.

The statement added that after a thorough search of the vehicle, 1,079 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 886 rounds of 7.62mm belted ammunition and 139 rounds of 7.62mm tracer ammunition precise quantities were recovered.

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It also explained that five empty AK-47 magazines were also recovered while the driver of the vehicle, Aminu Abdullahi, is in custody for further investigation.

The statement said Governor Nasir El-Rufai received the report with satisfaction, thanking the troops for their proactiveness in denying bandits a major supply of ammunition meant to mete out more destruction and suffering.

He charged the security forces to proceed with a thorough investigation of the arrested suspect and intensify efforts towards dismantling gun-running networks across the State and beyond.

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