Skip to comments.Nigeria discovers 'Hezbollah terrorist cell', weapons trove
Posted on 05/31/2013 2:58:00 AM PDT by csvset
A terrorist cell believed to be linked to Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah and housing weapons intended to attack Israeli and Western targets has been discovered in a compound in northern Nigeria, the countrys security services said on Thursday.
Nigeria's security services said Thursday they had discovered a home in the northern city of Kano where Lebanese nationals had stored weapons intended to attack Israeli and Western targets in Nigeria.
The Kano state intelligence chief, Bassey Etang, and a separate military statement described the compound as hosting a "terrorist cell" tied to the powerful Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah.
No evidence was provided linking the home to the Lebanese group.
Journalists were brought to the compound in the upmarket Bompai neighbourhood of Kano and taken to a bunker dug beneath a bedroom where weapons had allegedly been stored.
"The weapons include anti-tank weapons, rocket-propelled guns, anti-tank (and) anti-personnel mines among other dangerous weapons," the military statement said.
The military said three Lebanese nationals had been arrested in connection with the illegal arms cache, while a fourth suspect was at large.
"This is the handiwork of Hezbollah. What has just been discovered is the cell of Hezbollah and what you have seen here is a Hezbollah armoury," said Etang area director of the Department of State Services, Nigeria's main intelligence branch.
"These weapons are meant to be used to target Israeli and Western interests in Nigeria," he told reporters.
Nigeria is confronting an insurgency waged by radical Islamist group Boko Haram that has left thousands dead since 2009.
"Investigations are still ongoing to determine" if the Lebanese nationals "are really connected to Boko Haram," the intelligence chief said.
Analysts see Boko Haram primarily as a domestic group that has possibly sought closer ties to Al-Qaeda's west Africa franchise.
The military statement said that one suspect, Mustafa Fawaz, was arrested on May 16, and his "confession unveiled other members of the foreign terrorists network."
A second suspect, Abdullah Tahini, was arrested several days later while trying to board a flight to Beirut from the Kano airport, according to the military.
The third detained Lebanese national, Talal Roda, was arrested at the Kano home on May 26 while Fauzi Fawad was identified as the suspect who is at-large.
Mustafa Fawaz, reportedly owns a leading supermarket as well as an amusement park in the capital Abuja called Wonderland.
An employee who answered a call to a number listed for Wonderland told AFP that Fawaz had not been in the office this week.
Nigeria is home to a sizeable Lebanese population, including in the mainly Muslim north.
In February, the DSS said it had discovered a militant cell receiving instructions from Iranian agents that had sought to attack Israeli and Western targets in Nigeria.
DSS National spokesman Marilyn Ogar said at the time the group also planned to assassinate Nigeria's former military ruler Ibrahim Babangida.
Reacting to the latest claims, a security official in Israel said Nigeria was a "destination state for Shiite terror and global Jihad groups, which are boosting their efforts in Africa as part of international terror efforts."
"The cell exposed and arrested is part of a Shiite terror campaign against Western and Israeli targets around the world which has been taking place for a number of years," the official said.
"The possibility that members of the cell acted under Hezbollah's orders in other African states, such as Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Benin and Ghana is also being examined," he added on condition of anonymity.
Who in Nigeria is organizing those phoney, baloney letter writers trying to milk Western dupes?
“And I am prepared to ship it to you, Praise God, but I need 20,000 dollars in earnest money as an expression of faith. Please wait no longer than June 6th to remit via bank wire transfer and the hardware manifest will be forwarded for customs approval. I await you kindly response to this message and pray we can resolve the matter quickly”
Eight years ago...I received an email that one of long most-distant relatives had finally passed away in Nigeria, and I could be part of the estate. They wanted me to believe that one member of my family in the 1880s had left Alabama and gone off to deepest, darkest Africa.
I just sat there in disbelief. It’s hard enough to convince any of my Alabama relatives to even travel up to Nashville or Atlanta for a weekend....but they’d get onboard some ship for three weeks and go to Africa? It just ain’t going to happen.
What? Your relatives did this too?
Mine too! and apparently Piince Mbungo declared me in his will, and a ‘Christian’ charity wants me to distribute its millions of dollars, and Barrister Steven Nadungo has a customs box containing cash he wants me to help smuggle out of the country!
But I know better- my girlfriend (who is a supermodel in Nigeria) told me she can help me if I send her money to pay her hotel bill so she can leave and come to marry me.
I think she really likes me.
“This is the handiwork of Hezbollah.”
This is the handiwork of Iran
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
I wonder how many of these weapons were supplied by Obama!
I decided I will never visit Nigeria, after receiving a bunch of emails informing me of all my relatives who got killed there.
Yes, they are.
“Nigeria: ‘Hezbollah Behind Kano Weapons Cache’”
BY LAWAN DANJUMA ADAMU, 31 MAY 2013
SNIPPET: “Kano Security authorities yesterday said the large cache of weapons recovered in a specially-built bunker in Kano belonged to Lebanese group Hezbollah and was to be deployed for attacks on Israeli and Western interests in Nigeria.
The weapons, recovered in a raid that started Monday night at the Bompai area, included anti-tank weapons, guns, bombs, grenades and ammunitions. They were found concealed inside an armoury underneath a living room in the house, said to be occupied by a Lebanese.”
SNIPPET: “The security chiefs said investigation had confirmed the existence of the group’s cell in Nigeria. Brig-Gen. Abba said the discovery was made after several months of investigation by the SSS in Abuja, which led to a number of arrests that started with an Abuja-based businessman on May 16.
The army also disclosed that the arrested suspects had confessed to have undergone Hezbollah training.”
SNIPPET: “He listed the weapons recovered to include 103 packs Slap TNT dynamites, (with each pack containing 16 pieces) used in preparing explosives, 76 military hand grenades, one 60mm anti-tank weapon, two rounds of 122mm artillery gun ammunition, four anti-tank mines, 21 RPG bombs, 16 RPG charges, one RGP tube, nine pistols, one sub-machine gun, two SMG magazines, 17 AK-47 rifles, 44 AK-47 magazines and 11, 433 rounds of 7.62mm Special and NATO ammunitions.”
“Nigeria: Owner of Abuja’s Wonderland Amusement Park, Amigo Supermarket Linked to Terrorism”
BY NNENNA IBEH, 30 MAY 2013
SNIPPET: “Nigerian security agencies have linked a co-owner of two major ongoing businesses in the nation’s capital as a ring leader in a major terrorist operation in the country.
In a statement by the spokesman of the Joint Task Force in Kano, Ikedichi Iweha, Fauzi Fawad, the co-owner of Amigo Supermarket and Wonderland Amusement Park, was named as a member of a Lebanese Hezbollah terrorist cell in Nigeria.
Wonderland is Abuja’s biggest and most popular amusement park, while Amigo is one of the largest supermarkets in the Nigerian capital.”
SNIPPET: “He said one Abdullahi Hassan Tahir Padalla, who was the owner of the house in which one of the suspect was arrested was still at large.”
SNIPPET: “All the weapons and ammunition recovered were properly concealed with several layers of concrete and placed in coolers, drums and bags neatly wrapped.”
“Alleged Hizballah cell captured in Nigeria”
SNIPPET: “Mustafa Fawaz was taken into custody on 16 May, and his interrogation led to the arrest of Abdullah Tahini several days later. Tahini was grabbed at the Kano airport attempting to board a flight to Beirut with $60,000 in undeclared cash. Talal Roda was arrested on Sunday in a home in an upscale neighborhood in Kano. A search of that home uncovered a large cache of weapons, ammunition, and explosives. A fourth suspect, Fauzi Fawad, remains at large.
Note that Talal may actually be Ta’al.”
JULY 12, 2013
Nigeria denies bail to Lebanese
“linked to Hezbollah”
SNIPPET: “A Nigerian court on Friday denied bail to three Lebanese nationals charged with terrorism over their alleged links to the powerful Shiite Muslim group Hezbollah.
Mustapha Fawaz, 49, Abdallah Thahini, 48, and Talal Ahmad Roda, 51, were charged last month after a massive supply of weapons was found at a business in the capital Abuja and a private home in the northern city of Kano.
A fourth suspect is said to be on the run.”
SNIPPET: “The security services have claimed that the weapons discovered at the two premises were intended to attack Israeli and Western targets in Nigeria.
Prosecutors have said the group was actively preparing to commit “a terrorist act.”
The judge also denied a request to re-open the businesses operated by the accused, which include a supermarket and an amusement park in the capital.”