Authorities in Mauritania say they have seized a large quantity of weapons believed to belong to an al-Qaida-linked group.
Security chief Mohamed Lemine Ould Ahmed says police seized the weapons in early May using information given by suspected terrorists arrested in sting operations in April.
Ahmed refused to detail quantities, but he said Monday that it was enough to "destroy whole neighborhoods of Mauritania's capital." He said the arms included bombs, detonators, guns, ammunition and suicide vests.
Ahmed said these arms were in addition to those found during the arrests. Those arrested are suspected of belonging to an alleged terror cell called al-Qaida in Islamic North Africa.