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Aba killings: Troops crush 6 ESN fighters, recover rocket launchers

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Nigerian troops under the command of operation UDO KA, have conducted a clearance operation in Igboro forest, Arochukwu local government area of Abia State.

In a statement issued by the military headquarters, the operation was in response to the killing of soldiers in Aba, the economic hub of the State.

According to the statement, during the operation, troops encountered improvised explosive devices, resulting in minor injuries to one soldier.

Also, six members of the outlawed group were brutally crushed and a significant cache of weapons was also recovered.

The statement reads, “In order to apprehend the perpetuators of the attack on own troops (3 out of those killed are from the SE) at Aba last week as well as to recover arms and ammunition from the Indigeneous People of Biafra and its affiliate Eastern Security Network (IPOB/ESN) terrorist group, troops of Operation UDO KA conducted another sucessful clearance/raid operations to the IPOB/ESN Camp in Igboro Forest in Arochukwu LGA of Abia State yesterday.

“During the intelligence led operation, troops encountered Improvised Explosive Devices along it’s axis of advance and one soldier sustained minor injury from the fragment. The terrorists’ feeble firefight were adequately subdued with superior firepower that led to the neutralization of 6 members of the criminal terrorists group while others escaped into adjoining bushes with varying degrees of gunshot wounds as blood stains were seen along their escape routes.

“The gallant troops recovered, three locally fabricated Rocket Propelled Grenade launchers, two locally fabricated Artillery gun with tripod and its bombs. Other items recovered include dane guns, Biafran flags as well as Toyota Tundra and Hilux vehicles that were burnt insitu. Also all of their camps with different inscriptions were destroyed.

“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.”

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