Nigeria army seizes explosive-filled truck

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Posted: Mar 12, 2011 7:41 AM
Nigeria army seizes explosive-filled truck

A Nigerian army spokesman says soldiers have stopped a truck loaded with weapons and explosives in Nigeria's restive north.

Capt. Charles Eckoacha says the truck carried more than 33,000 pounds (15,000 kilograms) of ammunition along with explosive material, detonators and other equipment used to make bombs. He told journalists on Friday that police seized the cargo and arrested a driver and a policeman who was escorting the truck.

Jos is the epicenter of religious violence in Nigeria's "middle belt," where dozens of ethnic groups vie for control of fertile lands. Politics, jobs and land often motivate violence that falls along religious lines.