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South African Police Intercepts Russian Vessel ‘Bringing Explosives And Weapons’ To Nigeria

Valentine Chinyem

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A Russian-registered cargo ship carrying weapons and explosives has been intercepted in South Africa.

The ship, named Lada, was said to be heading for Lagos, Nigeria.

According to reports, the vessel left Madagascar before stopping at Ngqura port, outside the eastern city of Port Elizabeth, where it was detained after a security check by the South African Police on Sunday.

Olwethu Mdabula, spokeswoman for the Transnet state transport company, told AFP: “We are aware that she has dangerous cargo – explosives and weapons – on board.”

She, however, declined to give further details.

Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, spokesman for the Hawks Police Investigative Unit, also confirmed to AFP that the ship contained weapons.

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