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Soldiers Kill 2 Kidnappers, 1 Suspected ESN Member In Imo

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Troops of the Joint Task Force “Operation Udo Ka” have reportedly killed two kidnappers and one suspected member of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) in Imo State.

They also foiled an attempt to kidnap a law-abiding a man at Umuaka community in Njaba area of Imo.

Lt.-Col. Jonah Unuakhalu who is the spokesman of Joint Task Force, who disclosed this in a statement in Enugu on Sunday, said the kidnap was foiled by troops on routine patrol on Friday.

Unuakhalu stated that in the fire fight that ensued, the troops killed one of the kidnappers and injured two others despite their attempt to use passers-by as human shields.

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He said the troops while on routine patrol at Umuaka, along Orlu-Owerri Road, were alerted on the kidnap incident and escape route of the kidnappers.

He said: “The troops swiftly pursued the kidnappers and made contact with them.

“The troops recovered one AK 47 rifle with two loaded magazines and a motorcycle,” he said.

The spokesman said that similarly, troops in conjunction with personnel of the Naval Base, Oguta, killed a member of IPOB and its Eastern Security Network (ESN) terrorist group at Amagberedere village in Oguta.

Meanwhile, the Police Command in Imo State has announced the arrest of the suspected killers of Major General Richard Duru (rtd) even as they also confirmed the recovery of 552 live rounds of ammunition.

CP Aboki Danjuma who briefed journalists at the Police Headquarters in Owerri, through the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Henry Okoye, stated that the successful outcome of the arrest was a result of the proactive operational strategies adopted by the men and officers of the command in the fight against violent crimes and other related offences in the state.

He said that one of the breakthroughs recorded by the command was the arrest of killers of Major General Richard Duru, Rtd, who was said to have been kidnapped along Bishops Court, Area 7, Orji/Uratta Owerri in his black Mercedes but was later killed after collecting 50,000 dollars ransom from his family.

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