Assault rifles, ammunition intercepted in Nigeria

Officials have intercepted 52 Kalashnikov rifles, 1,700 rounds of ammunition.

Updated: Aug 19, 2010, 11:33 AM IST

Maiduguri: Officials with Nigeria`s security services say they`ve intercepted 52 Kalashnikov rifles and more than 1,700 rounds of ammunition rounds heading for an area that has been the scene of religious violence.
The Borno state director of the Nigeria State Security Service says five men were arrested for trying to bring the weapons from neighbouring Chad.

Director Abdullahi Ahmed told reporters on Wednesday that the men hid the rifles, ammunition and about USD 32,000 underneath vegetables and dried fish in two cars.

Ahmed says the weapons were heading for Jos, the epicentre of religious violence in Nigeria`s "middle belt", where dozens of ethnic groups vie for control of fertile lands. Hundreds of Christians and Muslims have died in fighting there this year alone.