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  • Updated: May 03, 2024

Imo: Army troops eliminate IPOB/ESN IED expert in joint security operation

Imo: Army troops eliminate IPOB/ESN IED expert in joint secu

Troops of the Nigerian Army have eliminated an Improvised Explosive Device, IED, expert in a joint security operation with the Nigerian Navy, Air Force, Nigerian Police, Department of States Services, DSS, and the Nigerian Securities and Civil Defence Corps.

The deceased suspect was reported to be an IED expert for the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and its armed affiliate, the Eastern Security Network, ESN, in Orsu - Ihitteukwa, Orsu Local Government Area of Imo State. 

According to the army in a statement on Friday, the success followed a clearance operation around Udaah, Identa Ihitteukwa and Awo Idemili in Orsu LGA of Imo State on Wednesday, May 2, 2024.

The statement added that the joint security team "made contact with the dissidents, who opened fire, lobbed hand-held IEDs and launched locally made rockets (Ogbunigwe) at the advancing troops.

"While the troops advanced, several IEDs were detonated by the terrorists who fled in disarray. One of the dissidents was neutralized while connecting the explosive to its power source.

"Items recovered include locally made rocket launchers, defused IEDs, pipes, wires and other materials used in the production of explosives and locally made rocket launchers. 

"The troops also covered several ditches used as obstacles on the roads linking the communities by the ESN elements.

"The Nigerian Army will continue to conduct its operations to deter the irredentist from freedom of action."

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