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Killing of 5 Soldiers in Abia: Our response ‘ll be fierce — DHQ

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Army Defence Headquarters on Friday reacted to the killing of five soldiers deployed to protect citizens in Abia State.

Director of Defence Media Operations, Edward Buba, Major General, in a statement, accused the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, of perpetuating the dastardly act yesterday.

The military vowed that it would be fierce in its response to the killing of its troops at a checkpoint in Abia State.

Read the full statement: “Troops of OP UDO KA deployed at Obikabia Junction Checkpoint in Obingwa Local Government Areas adjourning Aba metropolis in Abia State were attacked and sadly killed by terrorists of IPOB/ ESN.

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“The troops deployed to enforce peace in the area and protect the citizens were mass-attacked by the terrorists. The terrorists, 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 mourn the death of these troops as each and every soldier lost in battle is a terrible loss. Meanwhile, investigations concerning the attack are ongoing.

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“Overall, it must be reiterated that the lifeline of the terrorist is the people and this situation is no exemption.

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“Winning the war without the support of the people is close to impossible. The IPOB capitalised on this to perpetrate attacks on the troops. The situation leaves more to be desired.

“Accordingly, it is absolutely imperative that the military retaliate against this dastardly act against troops.

“The military would  be fierce  in its response. We would bring overwhelming military pressure on the group to ensure their total defeat.”

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