Nonsochukwu Uwa, Owerri
Many were feared dead as soldiers and youths clashed in Izombe, Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State.
It was gathered on Monday that the battle started last Saturday after suspected youths in the area attacked and killed a Dangote truck driver.
The incident resulted to increase in security patrol teams in the affected community.
Also, confirming the incident, Spokesperson of the 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze, Captain Joseph Akubo, said: “The soldiers were on routine patrol in the area when they came under attack by the youths.
“Two days ago, a Dangote Truck driver was killed coupled with other criminal activities, which had necessitated increased patrol. So as the soldiers were on normal exercise, they came under attack.
“I cannot tell you the casualty figure because the youth are still attacking our men and taking cover in the buildings in the neighbourhood.”
At the time of filing this report, some residents of Izombe said: “The battle was still ongoing. Some youths were fighting with the soldiers. Many people have fled from their homes. There is tension in the community.
“As I am talking to you our mothers, children have ran away. The presence of security men are much. Let us watch out what will happen in a few days.”