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Army mourns 5 soldiers killed in suspected IPOB attack

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The Nigerian Army has mourned the death of five soldiers of Operation Udoka, killed in action by suspected gunmen of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

According to the report, the soldiers were killed while on deployment at Obikabia Junction Checkpoint in Obingwa Local Government Areas adjourning Aba metropolis in Abia State.

Director, Defence Media Operations, Major General Edward Buba disclosed the incident on Friday.

He said investigation is ongoing regarding the attack, adding that each soldier lost in battle is a terrible loss.

According to the military, six civilians were also killed in the crossfire.

“The troops deployed to enforce peace in the area and protect the citizens were massed and attacked by the terrorists.

“The terrorists in 3 tinted Prado Toyota SUVs and others from built up areas surrounding the checkpoint, sprang a surprise attack on the checkpoint.

“Overall, it must be reiterated that the lifeline of the terrorist is the people and this situation is no exemption.Winning the war without the support of the people is close to impossible.

“The IPOB capitalized on this to perpetrate attacks on the troops. The situation leaves more to be desired. Accordingly, it is absolutely imperative that the military retaliate against this dastardly act against troops.

“The military would be fierce in its response. We would bring overwhelming military pressure on the group to ensure their total defeat,” the statement said.


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