Troops ‘kill’ 7 militants in Bakassi

Troops of the 13 Brigade Nigerian army, Calabar, have repelled an attack on its soldiers, killing seven armed militants in the process.

According to Kayode Owolabi, a captain and army public relations officer (APRO), the incident occurred at Efut Esighi in Bakassi local government area of Cross River state.

He said the militants were the boys of the most wanted militant leader, Benjamin Ene also known as ‘G1′ who has been on the wanted list of security agencies in the state.

“The very determined troops from the 13 Brigade and Operation Delta Safe repelled an attack from armed militants at Efut Esighi in Bakassi local government area this morning,” he said.

“The militants tried to attack the army post in Efut Esighi. Some of them were wearing the Nigerian military camouflage.

“We recovered 250 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, rocket propelled gun luncher, GPMG belt links and various charms on their bodies. Other militants escaped with very serious gun shots injuries.

“There was no casualty on the side of the military. Our men were in full combat during the attack. We have also destroyed their camps and shrines in the creeks.”

According to Owolabi, Bulama Biu, a brigadier-general and 13 Brigade Commander, had warned that no militant group or criminal under any guise would be spared.

He said the military and other security agencies would continue to hunt down any militant group or criminal that fails to surrender. However, he implored the public to always avail the security agencies of useful and timely information on the activities of criminals.

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