Troops kill 7 Bakassi militants in counter attack

Troops of the Nigerian army have launched an attack on militants in the Bakassi local government area of Cross River state, killing seven of the insurgents.
The military has continued its operations against militants in the Niger Delta region.

According to Leadership, the army launched the attack on Friday, September 30, after a failed attack on its position by unrepentant militant group, the Bakassi Strike Force.

Confirming the attack on the militants, the public relations officer (APRO) of the 13 brigade, Nigerian army, Calabar, Captain Kayode Owolabi, in a statement said the foiled operation was led by wanted leader of the militant group, Benjamin Ene, alias G1.

 He said the army recovered several items including 250 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, rocket propelled gun launcher, GPMG belt links and various charms were recovered from members of the group, who were dressed in Nigerian military camouflage uniform.

 “Unrepentant militant group, the Bakassi Strike force, led by most wanted criminal, Benjamin Ene, alias G1, attacked army position in Efut Isigi, Cross River State, at about 0100hours,” Captain Kayode Owolabi said.

“The very determined troops of 13 brigade and Operation Delta Safe repelled the attack, killing 7 of the militants, some of them wearing Nigerian military camouflage.

“Items recovered are 250 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, rocket propelled gun launcher, GPMG belt links and various charms were recovered, while several others escaped with gunshot wounds”, the statement read in part.”

The army stated that it however, suffered no casualty in the latest attack which is coming few days after a similar attack on its position that allegedly left 5 soldiers and two militants dead.

 Meanwhile, despite the military operation tagged Operation Crocodile Smile going on in the Niger Delta region, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDJM) has bombed a major pipeline belonging to the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company. The attack was carried out on Thursday, September 29 on a delivery line in Delta State.

 In a statement released by the militant group by its self-styled Gen Aldo Agbalaja, the group said the attack was a warning to soldiers in the region to desist from their Operation Crocodile Smile operation.

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