Detail are emerging of the horrific weapons uncovered in a raid by Nigerian troops on a militant group’s bomb-making factory on the outskirts of Kano on Wednesday. The Islamist militant members of Boko Haram abandoned the village house before the troops had arrived, leaving behind a backpack primed with explosives, three improvised explosive devices, 18 empty cylinders not yet packed with explosives, 24 detonators, fertilizer, automatic weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition — an arsenal with the potential to inflict hundreds of civilian casualties.
An army commander said the militants planned to use the weapons and explosives on an upcoming public celebration of a Muslim holiday.
Worryingly, this could just be the tip of the iceberg. The leader of Boko Haram, who has a $7 million U.S. bounty on his head, has released a video in which he warns Nigerians to “prepare for a big war” — with the camera panning over yet more weapons and explosives under his command.