26 July 2011
Police in Suleija have arrested seven people with explosives, a spokesperson said on Tuesday. The suspects were arrested on Saturday during a raid on a house following a tip-off where "some sophisticated explosives used in bomb making were found", police spokesperson Richard Oguche told AFP. The
Nigerian town near the Federal capital Territory have been hit by several bomb blasts in recent months.
"From investigations, the explosives recovered were found to be similar to those used in the four bomb blasts in Suleija in the past five months," Oguche said.
He said although the suspects claimed they intended to use the explosives for mining, none were licensed to possess them.
"Investigation is ongoing to get to the source of the explosives and what they were intended for and whether they have any link with the [Suleija] bomb blasts," he added.
Earlier this month, an explosion near a church in Suleija killed at least three people.
Suleija, outside the capital
, was also the target of a deadly bomb attack at an electoral office on the eve of April's parliamentary elections. Abuja
In March, a blast near the venue of a ruling party election rally killed at least three people, while a recent bomb blast went off without causing any casualties.