Soldiers raid Amangwu Ohafia, kill one, burn houses, shops (pictures)

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Over 50 soldiers have raided Amangwu community in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State, killing an Okada rider.

Houses, shops and vehicles were also set ablaze during the invasion.

They were reportedly searching for members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

A resident of the village said that gunshots were fired at the Nigerian Army vehicle two days before the invasion. The Army laid siege over Amangwu, at a school where it is suspected that the unknown gunmen are camped.

“They engaged them later in a gun battle which resulted in casualties on both sides.

“During this fracas, a lot of properties were lost and damaged.

“Right now as we speak, many indigenes of Amangwu Ohafia have trekked to nearby villages especially Amaekpu Ohafia and it is rumoured too that the gunmen have fled their camp. Many Amangwu people are seen in Amaekpu Ohafia. It’s such a pathetic situation. This one is a reliable fact. I am in Amaekpu,”he said.

The attack comes days after suspected IPOB members set ablaze the country-home of O. K Ugba, an influential indigene of the community.

Ugba was accused of using the solar light system he set up on the community to spy on IPOB activities.