Army Kills Six Alleged IPOB Members in Abia, Recovers RPG

No fewer than six suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra and its affiliate Eastern Security Network (IPOB/ESN) have been killed following a raid in Abia State.

The development followed clearance/raid operations by troops of Operation UDO KA on an IPOB/ESN Camp in Igboro Forest in Arochukwu LGA of the State on Saturday.

The Nigerian Army disclosed that three out of those killed during the raid were among the perpetrators of the attack on its troops in the Aba area of the state.

Although a soldier had sustained a “minor injury” during the encounter with the suspected criminals, the “intelligence-led operation”, according to the Nigerian Army “encountered Improvised Explosive Devices along the axis.”

The Army said, “The terrorists’ feeble firefight was adequately subdued with superior firepower that led to the neutralisation of 6 members of the criminal terrorist’s group while others escaped into adjoining bushes with varying degrees of gunshot wounds as blood stains were seen along their escape routes.”

The troops had recovered three locally fabricated Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) launchers and two locally fabricated Artillery guns with tripods and bombs.

Other items recovered include Dane guns, Biafran flags as well as Toyota Tundra and Hilux vehicles that were burnt.

“Also all of their camps with different inscriptions were destroyed,” the Army said.

The Army further noted, “The Joint Task Force Operation UDO KA is calling on the good people of Abia to continue to cooperate with security agencies by giving credible and timely information that will help to annihilate the criminals in the State and the whole of South East Nigeria.

“Any information should be passed to OPUK by dialling 193 and press Option 2 on your phone.”

On Friday the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) announced plans to establish a permanent presence in the state, with plans to bolster security of the airspace while providing support to disaster management and community development initiatives.

The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar while meeting with the state governor, Alex Otti noted NAF’s willingness to take advantage of the opportunity to extend its reach in the employment of air power in response to national security imperatives, especially in the State and the Southeast Region.

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