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Nigerian troops take another "militants camp" in Delta State
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15:34, May 19, 2009

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The Nigerian Joint Task Force (JTF) says its strong and versatile troops have attacked and destroyed the "Iroko Militants Camp" close to the crushed Camp 5 in the Niger Delta region in southeast Delta State.

The destruction of Iroko Camp came as the latest development in Operation Restore Hope, which was launched on Wednesday by the JTF to weed out the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) and other militant groups and rescue foreign and local hostages.

Rabe Abubakar, the military spokesman, updated the progress in a statement issued on Monday, saying the camp was taken after a fierce gun battle between the militants and the JTF.

Most of the militants inside the camp were killed with the rest fleeing with gun-shot wounds, he said, noting that there was no casualty on the side of the JTF.

Abubakar declared the Iroko Camp operations a success, saying the JTF had made an unprecedented discovery of arms, ammunitions and military accessories in the thick forested armor dump of the camp.

"I am happy to inform the public that the existence of Iroko Camp is now history, because, as I am talking to you, our troops have taken dominance of the former camp," he said, in reference also to the previous raid on Camp 5.

The spokesman urged innocent indigenes of the area to go about their legal activities as their safety are guaranteed in the hands of JTF. No individual or group can subject the majority of law-abiding ones in the country to his ill-will and caprices without a proportionate response from the government, he pledged.

After three days of the military offensive, the JTF overran Camp 5, the stronghold of MEND which has become as a major headache for both government and foreign oil companies in the region since 2006.


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