One feared dead as soldiers, IPOB’s security outfit clash in Imo

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One person was feared dead while scores were wounded in a clash between Nigerian Army and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)  security outfit in Okporo Orlu in Imo State.

It was gathered that the soldiers who were in military operation in the area stormed the community suspected to be the operational base of the IPOB newly formed Eastern Security Network (ESN).

A resident in the area told The Nation that there was a shootout between soldiers and IPOB men and several people were wounded.

According to him, about five people were injured while one person was killed.

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Also, about five buildings, including a church, Blessed Holy Trinity Sabbath Mission, in Orlu Local Government Area, were said to have been allegedly set ablaze by “some armed security operatives” who invaded the area.

The incident, according to a source, happened around 6am on Friday.

“The burning of the church was carried out by those masked security agents and the church that was burnt was the Holy Trinity Sabbath Mission in Orlu Local Government Area.

“About five buildings were burnt and only one person was killed and the person was killed at the market square. I want to tell you that the incident happened on Friday early morning.”

The IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary told our correspondent that the soldiers are killing civilians.

“The soldiers have been killing civilians since this week in the area.”

“How did we attack them first, did we go to their base and attack them first or did they come to attack us in a bush where we normally stay and work. We are not on the streets or roads; we pursue terrorists in the bush and forest,” he stated.

Speaking, the Garrison Commander, 34 Artillery Brigand, Obinze, Brig Gem.  Yusuf Tukura, alleged that the people first killed security personnel.

He told our correspondent on phone: “Why do you want to confirm from me. Did you confirm from them why they killed a policeman? ”

However, the state police spokesman, Orlando Ikeokwu, said that he was not aware of any casualties but “what I know is that there is military operation going on in the area.

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