IPOB commander, other militants holding Imo hostage shot dead in fierce battle with troops

The alleged leader of the militia arm of Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), Ikonso Commander, has been killed in a joint operation between operatives of the police, Department of State Services, (DSS) and the Army in Imo State yesterday.

Six other fighters of the militia group were also killed in the operation at the alleged operational headquarters of the militant group, in Awomama village, Oru-East LGA.

The security forces allegedly came under rapid fire as they approached the the group’s camp. After a fierce gun battle, the security team recovered the remains of Ikonso Commander and the six of his fighters.

According to the report, sophisticated weapons including six AK-47 rifles, hundreds of ammunition of different caliber and lots of charms, as well as bulletproof charms were recovered from the insurgents.

The eliminated insurgents were allegedly responsible for the attack on the headquarters of the Nigerian Police and Nigerian Correctional Service in Imo earlier this month, in addition to series of attacks on security personnel and formations in the South-East and South-South regions of the country, according to an intelligence source.

At the time of filing this report, three policemen and one army officer are receiving treatment having sustained serious bullet injuries during the exchange of gunfire with the insurgents.

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