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Two killed as police engage ‘IPOB militants’ in gun battle

By Samuel Amah-Ugbor The police in Enugu State said they have killed two suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra and its security arm,…

By Samuel Amah-Ugbor

The police in Enugu State said they have killed two suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra and its security arm, the Eastern Security Network in the state.

The police spokesperson in the state, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, disclosed this in a statement.

According to him, the suspects were killed at 2 a.m. on Wednesday when police operatives raided their camp inside a forest in the Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area of the state.

He said operatives of the command serving at Igbo-Etiti Police Division carried out the operation in collaboration with members of a Neighborhood Watch Group in the area.

He said the operation was conducted in response to a tip-off that suspected IPOB and ESN members erected a camp in the area.

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“The criminal elements opened fire on the operatives upon sighting them. However, the operatives returned fire at a superior level, forcing the criminals to escape with varying degrees of gunshot wounds,” he said.

“Thereafter, two of the fleeing suspects’ bodies were discovered and recovered in the forest.”

One AK-47 rifle, four magazines loaded with 75 live 7.62 mm calibre ammunition, and one Beretta pistol loaded with eight live 9 mm calibre ammunition were among items recovered from the suspects, according to the police.

Others were two motorcycles, one GTBANK ATM Card, a cash sum of N2,600 and several food items.

He said the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Kanayo Uzuegbu, has commended the security personnel for the success of the operation.

The CP, according to the PPRO, called on owners of medical facilities and residents of the area to report to the police any individual seen with gunshot wounds around their neighbourhood.

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