The leadership of the Mas-jid ul Mat-ta-qeen has distanced itself from the discovery of arms and ammunition found hidden in the ceiling of its mosque at Monroe Road, Cunupia, in Trinidad yesterday.

In a statement the leadership stated that members were stunned by the find and did not condone any form of illegal activities.

According to the Trinidad Express, at around 8:30am yesterday workmen were conducting general maintenance on the mosque’s compound when several black garbage bags were discovered hidden in the ceiling of an upstairs prayer area.

On further inspection, the bags were found to contain five firearms – two pistols, one rifle, two shotguns and several rounds of assorted ammunition.

The Chaguanas police were contacted and took possession of the find.

The leadership stated that the illegal firearms and ammunition found inside the masjid were secreted there by persons unknown to them.

It also stated that it would assist and co-operate with the police in every way possible to discover the identities of those person or persons who are responsible for bringing illegal guns and ammunition into the place of worship.

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