VIDEO: Delta community ablaze following the deaths of 16 soldiers

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The tranquil atmosphere of Okuama community in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State was shattered by flames following the tragic killing of 16 military personnel. While the exact cause of the fire remains uncertain, reports suggest heightened military presence in the area following the loss of their comrades.

Residents of this coastal enclave have fled in fear of potential reprisals from the soldiers, creating an air of tension and uncertainty. In response, soldiers under the leadership of Major General Jamal Abdussalam, the general officer commanding 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, have made several arrests.

The tragedy unfolded when troops of the 181 Amphibious Battalion responded to a distress call amidst a communal crisis between Okuama and Okoloba communities. Unfortunately, they were met with violence, resulting in the loss of one commanding officer, two majors, one captain, and 12 soldiers.

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Acting director of Defence Information, Brigadier General Tukur Gusau, confirmed the grim incident, emphasizing that the reinforcements sent to aid the distressed troops also came under attack, further exacerbating the casualties.

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The Defence spokesman assured that the incident had been reported to the Delta State Government and that Chief of Defence Staff Christopher Musa had ordered a comprehensive investigation to uncover the circumstances surrounding the tragic loss of lives.

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