Clash Between Nigerian Army and Delta Militants | Death Toll Rise to 18
ABUJA: Death toll in the clash between Nigerian soldiers and Niger Delta militants in Gokana and Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State has risen to 18. This is a typical example of a clash as both parties are heavily-armed and there were deaths on both sides.
A detachment of operatives of the Nigerian Army and gunmen said to be loyal to an ex-militant leader in Ogoni, Solomon Ndigbara (alias Osama bin Laden), were entangled in a protracted gun duel in Yeghe, a community in Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State on Tuesday, following an authorised operation to flush out criminal elements in the area.
Residents of Yeghe community are said to have fled their homes after a clash between soldiers and suspected cultists.
Eyewitnesses said the clash between the suspected cultists and the military led to sporadic shooting in Yeghe and Bori, which lasted till late yesterday, causing residents to either restrict their movements or completely stay indoors, while the authorities of the Kenule Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic, Bori, have directed students to remain within the campus to avoid being hit by stray bullets.
Authorities in Nigeria have come under fire for not providing the results of an inquiry that was supposed to be conducted into a military massacre of hundreds of Muslims in the northern city of Zaria in December last year.
The IMN has released photographs of 705 people believed to be still missing from the earlier raid. According to human rights groups, as many as 1,000 people may have been killed in that raid.
Analysts have criticized the brutal Zaria_Massacre terming it a a cowardly attacks as compared to the BokoHaram-linked Nigerian Army that killed 1000+ defenseless & unarmed Nigerians in the most barbaric manner, considering it undoubtedly a war crime and army as criminals.
Social media figures reflect the Niger Delta clash despite the heavy gunfire from both sides 18 people were killed in the 2 days of clash whereas in the Zaria massacre 1000+ Shia Muslims were slaughtered & no single soldier killed.The Nigerian Army paraded the dead bodies of those Niger Delta militants that they killed but burnt/buried the dead bodies of the victims of the Zaria Massacre to bury the evidences.
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