UN team examines seized Iranian weapons in Nigeria

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 18, 2011 14:52

ABUJA, Nigeria  — A team of UN weapons experts and observers arrived in Nigeria to investigate a seized Iranian weapons shipment found at the oil-rich nation's busiest port.

Nigerian Foreign Minister Odein Ajumogobia said in a Tuesday statement the team is led by Salome Zourabichvili, a former foreign minister of Georgia. Ajumogobia said the team would visit Lagos' Apapa port, where the weapons have been held since being discovered Oct. 26.

The shipment, including artillery rockets and other weapons, were loaded in 13 shipping containers and labeled as building supplies. Authorities have said that the shipment originated in Iran and passed through the port in Lagos destined for Abuja, the nation's capital. The shipment later was redirected to Gambia before the seizure.


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