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Security Forces Raid Separatists Camp In Southeast Nigeria

The raid in the volatile region, resulted in the discovery of explosives and firearms.

Nigerian security forces recovered several firearms and hand grenades during a raid on a camp belonging to separatist militants in the southeastern state of Ebonyi. 

According to the Army spokesperson, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the operation at Amagu village on Monday, Dec. 19 involved personnel from the 82 Division, the Air Force, the Police, and the Department of State Services. 

During the raid, the security forces were said to have engaged in a firefight, which resulted in the separatists abandoning the camp and recovering several rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, two pump action, and five locally made guns. 

Other seizures included 12 hand grenades, detonators, electrical cables, and uniforms.

He also disclosed that in “a separate operation on the same date,” soldiers on routine patrol in Agubeji community in Enugu state arrested a suspected collaborator. 

“The suspect, who claimed he is the Chief Security Officer of the community, is assisting in the preliminary investigations that followed and has led troops to their camp, where a shallow grave containing 2 decomposing bodies were uncovered,” said the Army spokesperson. 

He also revealed that one of the corpses had been identified as a local vigilante member, who was kidnapped about a month ago.

Nigeria’s southeastern region is battling a separatist agitation by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for a breakaway state of Biafra. The movement has led to violence, including attacks on security forces, government facilities, and civilians. 

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