Nigeria - Iranian Arms Intercepted
Iranian arms have been increasingly sighted across the Middle East, from Iraq, to Lebanon to Afghanistan and even outside of the Middle East in places like the Horn of Africa. Notably, arms shipments that have been captured in Iraq and Lebanon have been accompanied by substantial amounts of photographic evidence rather then just rumored transfers that characterized Iranian arms transfers during the 1990's.
Now Iran has been caught shipping arms through Nigeria. On Tuesday, October 26th, agents from the Nigerian State Security Service discovered weapons hidden inside 13 shipping containers at Apapa port in Lagos. The containers have reportedly been sitting at the port since July. The ship transporting the cargo was registered to French company in the Marshall Islands with no obvious connection to IRISL or other Iranian firm. As with the case of the Francop, the shipping firm claimed no knowledge of the weapons.
The exact contents of the shipment are not yet clear but is said to include 107 mm rockets, small arms ammunition, grenades, explosives and rocket launchers. Only one picture has come out and shows 107 mm rockets which do seem to resemble the types found in Iraq and Lebanon. Pictured Below.
As of now, there is no more concrete information. Israeli officials have alleged that its part of Iran's new smuggling routes to Hamas in the wake of the Israeli destruction of a reported weapons caravan traveling through the Sudanese desert. While there is still no concrete proof of this connection it is a logical conclusion and a very real possibility. On the other hand