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Troops raid suspected IPOB hideout in Imo, recover arms, ammunition

The Nigerian Army says it raided a hideout of suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) at Amaifeke-Akkatta road in Orlu Local Government Area, Imo State.

The army said its troops recovered a large cache of arms and ammunition belonging to the group during the raid.

Army spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

Nwachukwu said the Troops of the 34 Brigade of the Nigerian Army carried out the operation.

“Troops uncovered the weapons concealed in a black Toyota Camry, after they successfully surmounted ambushes staged by members of the outlawed dissident group, who, having been overpowered by the gallant troops, abandoned their vehicle and weapons in the heat of the combat and fled the scene,” he said.

According to the army spokesperson, 10 pump-action shotguns, 7 locally-fabricated guns, one locally-made revolver pistol, 80 live cartridges and one Baofeng radio were among the items recovered during the encounter.

Other recovered items are substances suspected to be gun powder, a sachet of an improvised explosive device and a Toyota Camry car.