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In Ondo 3 soldiers, 15 militants reportedly killed as militants clash with Army

Men of the Nigeria Army 32 Artillery Brigade in Akure have also joined in the search for other militants.

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Three soldiers and 15 militants have lost their lives in a gun battle between the Nigerian Army and militants at Ajakpa creek in the  Ese Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State.

According to Punch, the clash occurred on Monday, May 2, 2017 and the leader of the militant group, Ossy Ibori was killed by Operation Delta Safe during the gun battle.

Reports say residents of the area have left the vicinity to safer communities for fear of a reprisal attack.

According to a source, “Many people have been leaving the community because of fear of stray bullets. No one knew that the notorious militant leader and his group were in the creek of the community.

“The incident has caused tension in the area. People are running away.”

Reports say the Army has intensified its search for other militants and their colleagues from 32 Artillery Brigade in Akure have joined in the operation.

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Speaking on the incident, the Public Relations Officer of the brigade, Captain Ojo Adelegan, said there is no cause for alarm, adding that “It is not impossible to have such a thing in a circumstance like this, but I think we are there to ensure that peace returns to the area and that is what we are doing right now.”

Meanwhile, militants in the Niger Delta have threatened to resume attacks on pipelines if the government does not commence dialogue with stakeholders in the region.

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