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Nigerian police seize explosives belonging to a suspected Islamist sect and arrest 14 people after a deadly shootout. Authorities have been struggling to contain the recent escalation in violence by militant group Boko Haram.
Nigerian police have arrested 14 suspected members of an Islamist sect and seized explosives after a gun battle on Saturday (December 17). Four militants and three policemen were killed in the battle which happened in the northern city of Kano.
The house where the shootout took place belongs to a suspected militant.
Police found 50 litres of petrol and five gas canisters, some AK-47s, two pump-action shot guns and over 1 thousand rounds of ammunition.
Another suspect's house was found to contain detonators, wires, homemade bomb casings and large quantities of explosives, including gun powder and ammonium nitrate.
Militant group Boko Haram is waging a low level insurgency, ranging from Nigeria's remote northeast Borno state, through other parts of the north and the capital, Abuja.
Nigerian security forces have been unable to contain the growing threat of Islamist militants in the north.