A clash between youths and security operatives led to the death of two soldiers in Imo state.
It was gathered that the clash was with youths involved in oil bunkering in Izombe community, Oguta LGA of the state.
According to reports, one other person was also killed while several houses were set ablaze in the incident.
An eyewitness who is a resident of the community identified as John Nwandu said some youths in the area are in the business of collecting tolls from tankers and vehicles conveying illegally refined petroleum products.
“Yesterday, one Chisom popularly known as Obere, now deceased, met Okey Okponku and requested that he should be included into those who benefit from the proceeds. There was a disagreement between these two ‘youth leaders’ where Okey Okponku threatened to deal with the Obere.”
Nwandu said Obere was reported dead after soldiers allegedly invaded his house, adding that following Obere’s death, youths in the community reportedly attacked the soldiers killing two of them in the process and set ablaze their vehicles.