Saturday, 08 May 2021 04:33

Security Operatives Kill Eleven IPOB, ESN Members In Imo — Army

No fewer than 11 members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Eastern Security Network (ESN) have been killed by a joint team of security operatives, including the Nigerian Army, Air Force and the Police.

According to a statement by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, the secessionists were killed during a gun battle with operatives who resisted their attempt to attack a police station in Orlu, Imo State.

“A gang of IPOB/ESN terrorists mounted in vehicles on Thursday, 6 May 2021, stormed Orlu town with the intention to attack the compound housing the area command and police station in Orlu LGA of Imo State.

“The attackers were resisted by vigilant police personnel at the area command and were completely obliterated when a reinforcement team of the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Air Force arrived the scene.

“The assailants, who have been on the radar of the Joint Technical Intelligence Team were said to have come from a forest camp in Ideato North LGA of Imo State from where they mobilised and planned the failed attack,” the statement read.

It added: “Following the encounter, 11 IPOB/ESN terrorists were neutralised while four AK47, one G3 and one Pump Action Rifles as well as a Berretta Pistol, charms and assorted ammunition were recovered.

“All the seven operational vehicles used for the attack were demobilised and as such the remaining terrorists escaped on foot with fatal injuries.

“There were no casualties on the side of the security forces.

“Law-abiding citizens in the area are advised to look out for strange persons with gunshot injuries and report same to the nearest security agency for the safety of their communities.”

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