Fierce gun-battle in Imo: Troops shoot four IPOB militants dead

Nigerian troops

Nigerian troops

Troops of 34 Brigade Obinze of the Nigerian Army have killed four members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed wing, Eastern Security Network (ESN).

The IPOB militants were killed in a fierce encounter that ensued at Amaifeke and Ihioma in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State.

Army spokesman, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement said the terrorists were killed on Monday, while shooting sporadically, threatening lives and property of innocent citizens.

“The irate dissidents opened fire on sighting the patrol team, who were out to ensure safety and security of lives and property of citizens.

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“The vigilant troops engaged the criminals and neutralized four of them, while others succumbed to the superior fire power of the troops and escaped from the scene,” he said.

Arms recovered from the hoodlums

Nwachukwu said items recovered from the encounter, included one pump action short gun, 10 live cartridges, one Hilux truck, which was reportedly snatched at gun point on Sunday by the irredentists, mobile handsets and charms.

“Members of the public are please enjoined to provide credible information on the movement of the criminal elements to security agencies, whenever sighted in their communities,” he said.

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