Defence & Security

Explosive device blows up planters

Two suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have reportedly sustained fatal injuries after being blown up by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted by IPOB and its armed wing, Eastern Security Network (ESN).

A statement by Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director Army Public Relations, said the incident occurred along Eke Ututu – Orlu Road in Orsu Local Government Area of Imo state on 1 June 2022.

According to him, IPOB members have planted IEDs along troops’ patrol routes on several occasions but the efforts have failed to bring harm to the troops.

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“An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed wing, Eastern Security Network (ESN) has exploded, causing severe injuries to two members of the outlawed group. The incident occurred along Eke Ututu – Orlu Road in Orsu Local Government Area of Imo state on 1 June 2022.

“The dissidents, inadvertently stepped on the IED which they had earlier planted along several routes in Orlu, Orsu Local Government Area, while they were attempting to evade troops’ onslaught against terrorists in the area.

“The outlawed group have severally planted IEDs along troops’ patrol routes in failed effort to bring harm to the troops.

“We urge all peace-loving people of the South East to please inform troops of possible areas where these explosives have been buried for proper evacuation and disposal,” he said.

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