IPOB/ESN fighters planting bomb engaged Security operatives in shoot out, two killed
Along the Eke Ututu – Ihitte Nansa route in the Orsu Local Government Area of Imo State, soldiers from Headquarters 82 Division of the Nigerian Army neutralized two members of the banned indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and it’s militant branch Eastern Security Network (ESN).
In a statement on Wednesday, the Director Army Public Relations, Onyema Nwachukwu stated that the forces were made up of members of the 34 Artillery Brigade, in addition to personnel from the Nigerian Navy, Air Force and other security agencies.
According to him, the troops encountered the dissidents while carrying out a raid operation around the general area of Orsu Ihitte Ukwa and Ihitte Nansa, adding that the neutralized members had taken positions to launch one of their primed rockets when they were engaged and taken out by the vigilant troops.
He said, though the bomb planted by the irredentists went off, without any casualty, the improvised Explosive Devices (IED) deployed, exploded at Eke Ututu Market, destroying some of the shops in the market.
“After the incident, the Explosive Ordnance Device (EOD) team recovered several Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) planted along the road, as well as locally fabricated rocket launchers.” The statement said
He said troops would continue to ensure there is no safe haven for all criminal elements operating around Orsu and Orsumoghu general area.