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5 personnel: Defence Hqtrs mourn, threatens retaliation against IPOB/ESN - ITREALMS

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The Nigerian Defence Headquarters has reacted to the attack on Troops of Operation Udo Ka deployed at Obikabia Junction Checkpoint in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State, which left 5 personnel dead, threatening retaliation, reports 
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Just as some thought-leaders, while condemning the unprovoked attack on the troop, called for caution, advising the Defence headquarters to deploy more intelligence despite the provocation.

The Nigerian Defence headquarters while reacting to the attack on the troop in a press statement available to 
5 personnel: Defence Hqtrs mourn, threatens retaliation against IPOB/ESN - ITREALMS
ITREALMS, the Director, Defence Media Operations, Major General Edward Buba, lamented the killing and said the military will retaliate against this dastardly act on the troops.

"The military would be fierce in its response," he declared, promising that they would bring overwhelming military pressure on the group to ensure their total defeat.

The director noted that unwarranted attack troop of OP UDO KA deployed at Obikabia Junction Checkpoint, adjourning Aba metropolis in Abia State were attacked and sadly killed by terrorist of Eastern Security Network (ESN) inside their Sienna patrol van 003.

The troops, he said, were deployed to enforce peace in the area and protect the citizens "were massed attacked by the terrorist."

According to Major-General Buba, the terrorist came in three tinted Prado Toyota SUVs and others from built-up areas surrounding the checkpoint, sprang a surprise attack on the checkpoint.

"The attack sadly took the lives of 5 personnel of the armed forces killed in action. The armed forces mourns the death of these troops as each and every soldier lost in battle is a terrible loss," he said.

Meanwhile, he said, investigations are ongoing concerning the attack.

Further, he reiterated that the lifeline of the terrorist is the people and this situation is no exemption.

Stressing that winning the war without the support of the people is close to impossible.

"The IPOB/ESN capitalised on this to perpetrate attacks on the troops. The situation leaves more to be desired," he bemoaned.

ITREALMS gathered that some South East leaders already calling for restraint over retaliation plan, rather advised deployment of Army intelligence to fish out the culprits and deal with them directly rather than taking war to the community.


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