Cargo Plane Loaded With Heavy Weapons Detained In Kano
A Ukrainian cargo plane said to be carrying heavy military weapons was stopped from further flying at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport on Saturday night, after making a technical landing to refuel.
An aviation source said the cargo plane grounded by the military authorities after the manifest reveals heavy weaponry, but could not confirm the actual destination or owners of the cargo.
It was gathered that the plane, which arrived in Nigeria from the former Soviet republic of the Ukraine and allegedly heading for the West African country of Guinea-Bissau carried eight heavy crates of various weapons and ammunition on board the plane thought to include rifles, machine guns, rocket launchers, mortars and howitzers.
The aviation source said a search was conducted on the cargo plane on Saturday night and the tarmac where it was being parked had been cordoned off by security operatives.
The Nigerian aviation authorities are yet to officially address the media.
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