The annihilation of the fighters was announced on Saturday by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu in a statement made available to newsmen.
According to him, troops of the 82 Division conducting Exercise Golden Dawn neutralised the ESN operatives in a gun duel on Friday at Nnobi Junction in Idemili South Local Government of the state.
Speaking further, h said the operation followed the attack on personnel of security agencies deployed at Ekwulobia Roundabout in Aguata Local Government Area by the assailants ambushed.
He recalled that after the attack, troops swiftly mobilised to the scene and embarked on the pursuit of the criminals along Nnewi – Nnobi road.
The soldiers made contact with the fleeing gunmen, engaged them and killed four and recovered a number of weapons and items which include two AK-47 Rifles, one GALIL Ace 5.56 x 45 Iwi Gun, one Avofeng Handheld radio and one Black Highlander jeep.
Similarly, troops foiled another attack by IPOB ESN at Umunze checkpoint, in Orumba South Local Government Area.
The troops overwhelmed the secessionists in the shootout that ensued, forcing them to take to their heels.
The gang abandoned one Pump Action gun with nine cartridges, one dark blue Ford vehicle and four motorcycles.
The Nigerian Army condemned the attempt by IPOB ESN to instil fear “and sabotage forthcoming Anambra governorship election”.
“Members of the public are reassured that the Nigerian Army, sister services and other security agencies will not relent in confronting all criminals intents against the citizenry and national interest”, Nwachukwu added.
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