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Gunmen Kill Soldiers In S’East, Burn Patrol Vehicle

At least four soldiers were killed yesterday when gunmen attacked soldiers in Aba, the commercial capital of Abia State. Reports said the hoodlums, numbering about 15, attacked soldiers at about 8am at a military checkpoint in Obikabia Junction in the commercial city. The gunmen were said to be enforcing a stay-at-home order declared by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) across the South East to mark ‘Biafra Day,’ which is celebrated annually in the region.

An eyewitness, who identified himself simply as Marvelous, said the hoodlums, who were masked, stormed the junction and opened fire on the soldiers. Marvelous said four soldiers were killed during the attack while one other soldier was seriously injured. “Four of the soldiers were killed. The other soldier sustained serious gunshot injury. I am not sure he will survive,” Marvelous said. “The gunmen came in black Highlander (SUV). Even some ordinary people sustained gunshot injuries,” he added.

Some video clips showing the masked gunmen during the attack on the soldiers have been circulating on Facebook and other social media platforms. In one of the clips, some armed men, dressed in black attire, were seen firing sporadic gunshots around the junction Some fear-stricken residents were seen in another clip scampering for safety around the area.

The clip showed the gunmen razing the military patrol truck apparently used by the soldiers. Shortly after the attack, a soldier was seen apparently surveying the area to ascertain if the hoodlums had left. “This soldier is the only surviving person here. He was the only person that ran away,” a male voice was heard speaking in the background in the video. Some youths were seen in another clip carrying a young man who was apparently hit by stray bullets.

The injured man’s clothes had blood stains. “Does anybody here have a motorcycle?” one of the youths enquired from his colleagues. The youth would later carry the victim to an undisclosed medical facility. Meanwhile, spokesperson of the 14 Brigade of the Nigeria Army in Ohafia, Abia State, Innocent Omale, a lieutenant, did not respond to calls and the text message sent to him.

 

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