Two Soldiers Killed As Troops Repel ESN Attack In Enugu

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Two soldiers were killed during a firefight between troops of the Nigerian Army and Eastern Security Network (ESN) members at Adani community of Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State.

This was contained in a statement signed on Wednesday by Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu.

The incident occurred when the troops were trying to repel an attack by the ESN on troops’ location at Iggah/Asaba checkpoint.

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“Nigerian Army troops deployed to checkmate the activities of gunmen at Adani community of Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, yesterday 13 July 2021, repelled Eastern Security Network (ESN) gun attack on troops’ location at Iggah/Asaba checkpoint.

“Sadly, during the firefight that ensued, two soldiers paid the supreme price. Troops are currently on the trail of the criminals,” Nwachukwu said in the statement.

The Nigeria Army, therefore, assured the general public of its commitment to provide adequate security in the general area in collaboration with other security agencies.

They also urge members of the public to complement the effort of the security agencies by remaining law-abiding and provide useful information on the fleeing gunmen.

Three Feared Dead As Gunmen Attack South African Mosque

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Attackers armed with guns and knives struck a mosque in the South African city of Durban on Thursday, slashing the throats of three people and seriously injuring them, a private security company told AFP.

“Eyewitnesses said three attackers with guns had used knives to slit the victims’ throats. One knife was left behind,” Prem Balram, spokesman for Reaction Unit South Africa said, speaking from the scene.


Gunmen on boats kill JTF and police officers in Bayelsa

Armed gunmen On Thursday attacked security operatives along the creeks and waterways of Brass and Nembe local council areas of Bayelsa state, killing four marine policemen and three men of the Joint Military Task Force (JTF) including the Commanding Officer of the Brass Unit, Lieutenant Colonel A. Malik.

The suspected pirates shot dead the marine policemen on Thursday after opening fire on a marine police checkpoint on Nembe River in Bayelsa state in what is perhaps the fiercest attack on security operatives in Bayelsa state since the Amnesty declaration.

The JTF officers attacked were of the formation code named ‘Operation Pluto Shield’ attached to Brass LNG was amongst the officers of the JTF killed during the shoot-out that occurred in the separate attacks.

Bayelsa state police spokesman, Mr. Chris Olakpe who spoke to Channels Television confirmed the attack, but says details are still sketchy, and investigations are on-going.

Channels Television gathered that while the killing of the four policemen occurred at the Marine Police Check Point in Nembe River at about 7 AM, the attack on the senior military personnel and the two naval ratings occurred at the Okpoma River junction at about 10 AM on their way to Ogbia Waterside.

Eyewitness accounts claimed that the gunmen adopted the same style of surprise attack on the killed Police and military personnel.

The gunmen, suspected to be sea pirates, approached Marine Police check Points and the boats conveying the military personnel in two speed boats and opened fire on them.

The spokesman of the Police Command, Mr. Emokpae Eguavoen confirmed the incident to Channels Television said “four corpses from the attacked team of Marine Policemen have so far been recovered.”

On the killing of the Military, the Chairman of the state’s Marine Workers Union, Comrade Lloyd Sese and the Special Adviser to the state governor on security matters, Lt. Col. Bernard Ebipai also confirmed the incident which reportedly occurred at about 10 AM on Thursday.

According to Lt. Col. Ebipai “only one military officer and two naval ratings were attacked along with other passengers in a boat at Okpoma junction of the Brass-Ogbia route of the River.” “We cannot confirm if they were killed.”

However, the media coordinator of the JTF, Lt. Col. Timothy Anthinga refused to confirm the attack, saying though the JTF is waiting for a full report on the attack, it remained “unconfirmed”.