Troops foil kidnap attempt, neutralise two suspects in Imo

Troops of Joint Task Force Operation UDO KA have foiled an attempted kidnap of another illustrious personality (names withheld) at Umuaka community in Njaba LGA of Imo.

The Spokesman of Joint Task Force Operation UDO KA, Lt.-Col. Jonah Unuakhalu, said in a statement yesterday in Enugu that the kidnap attempt was foiled by troops on routine patrol on Friday, May 17, 2024.

According to Unuakhalu, the troops while on routine patrol at Umuaka, along Orlu-Owerri Road, were alerted of the kidnap incident and the escape route of the kidnappers.

He said: “The troops swiftly pursued the kidnappers and made contact with them.

“In the firefight that ensued, the troops professionally neutralised one of the kidnappers and injured two others despite their attempts to use passer-by as human shields.

“The troops recovered one AK 47 rifle with two loaded magazines and a motorcycle.”

The spokesman said that similarly, troops in conjunction with personnel of Naval Base, Oguta, neutralised a member of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its Eastern Security Network (ESN) terrorist group at Amagberedere village in Oguta LGA of Imo.

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