Iran behind secret weapons shipment, Nigerian officials say

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November 11, 2010 17:13

 
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ABUJA, Nigeria — Iran's government was behind the secret shipment of weapons that was discovered in Nigeria last month, Nigerian officials concluded in internal documents seen Thursday by The Associated Press.

The cargo shipped from an Iranian port was listed as building materials but contained 107 mm rockets, ammunition and arms. Nigerian authorities believe Iran intended for them to be used to destabilize Nigeria. The reports said Iran's foreign ministry supported a Nigerian visa application for one of two Iranians who organized the shipment, saying he would work for the Iranian Embassy.

Iranian Ambassador Hussein Abdullahi declined to immediately discuss the allegations.

Nigeria has a predominantly Muslim north and Christian south and will hold presidential elections next year.

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