Houses Burnt, 7 Soldiers Feared Dead As They Clashed With Unidentified Gunmen In Abia State. [Photos]

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Several houses have been reportedly burnt down by soldiers of 14 Brigade, Army Headquarters, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Barracks, who invaded Ohafia in the Ohafia Local Government of Abia State.

According SaharaReporters, the soldiers were said to be in search of gunmen suspected to be members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN).

The constant invasion has forced many residents and indigenes of Elu, Amangwu, Ebem and Ohafia to flee from their communities to neighbouring villages, a source said on Sunday.

The source who disclosed that seven soldiers have now lost their lives in the attack, said that some unknown were passing through the Amangwu village when soldiers from the Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Barracks launched an attack.

In the ensued counter-attack. the source said that two soldiers got injured while the unknown gunmen fled.

Consequently, the soldiers were angered by the development, causing some troop of soldiers from the barracks to invade the town, and starts shooting at people, and burning down houses.

The actions of the soldiers provoked the residents and indigenes who could no longer bear the constant attacks, and shot back which has led to the death of seven soldiers.

The source said, “Some unknown gunmen, we don’t know who they are or where they are coming from, they were passing through Amangwu and they were confronted by soldiers from the Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Barracks. Two of the soldiers later got injured and were rushed to the hospital.

“But the soldiers went to regroup and came back en masse. They started harassing people in the community, most especially young men. They arrested a lot of young men, they took them to the barracks.

“They also come from time to time to shoot at people, I mean direct shooting so the people had to retaliate. At first, three soldiers died, then four of them died yesterday, making seven. The other two that were attacked by the gunmen were not even killed, they got injured.

“We don’t know why the soldiers keep invading Amangwu, the gunmen are not from here, they just passed through this place. Soldiers should leave Amangwu and its people alone.”

He also stated that a lot of houses in the Amangwu Ohafia community had been burnt. 

The soldiers had claimed that members of the ESN were using the houses as their hideout. [Source: SaharaReporters]

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