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Monday, 1 April, 2002, 12:58 GMT 13:58 UK
Arms dump found outside Nigerian church
The aftermath of the explosions at an army dump store in Lagos on 27 January
Memories of January's deadly munitions blast are fresh
Police in Nigeria have confirmed news reports that rockets and mortars were found in the grounds of a church in Makurdi, in central Nigeria.

Workers digging a pit-latrine discovered 13 rockets and two mortars in a ditch at the back of the Holiness Evangelistic Ministries church.

Local residents told reporters that the area used to be a military depot until the 1970s, indicating the weapons could have lain there ever since.

An army bomb disposal unit is expected in Makurdi to clear the site.

More than 1,000 people died in Lagos in January, when a poorly-maintained munitions store blew up.

President Olusegun Obasanjo has launched an inquiry into the tragedy and said the results will be made public.

See also:

17 Feb 02 | Africa
Lagos inquiry 'will be public'
28 Jan 02 | Africa
Eyewitness: Lagos blast
28 Jan 02 | Africa
Lagos explosions leave 100 dead
25 Feb 02 | Africa
Timeline: Nigeria
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