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Biafra Rebels In Nigeria Implicated In The Beheading Of A Military Couple

2 members of the Nigerian Army who were an open couple were found dead at the hands of Biafran rebels in the breakaway region of Biafra located on the border with Cameroon.

When Nigeria gained independence from the British Empire in 1960, a separatist group in the south western region of Biafra soon after declared independence from the former Oil River Protectorate.

The Igbo people declared independence from Nigeria on the 30th of May 1967, under the flag of the Republic of Biafra, which was recognized by many countries.

Nigeria declared war on the newly formed African state on the 6th of July 1960, both sides were backed by some serious allies due to the ongoing Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Nigeria was backed by America, the British Empire, Israel (Until 1968), and the Soviet Union (Following the Sino-Soviet Split).

Biafra was aided by China, South Africa, Rhodesia, Benin, and Israel (After 1968).

The war lasted for 3 years, often consisting of jungle combat and fire bombings of oil fields.

Starvation and a refugee crisis enveloped both warring nations, and students in the UK, the Netherlands, and West Germany protested the war.

Nigeria eventually surrounded their enemy's capital of Awka and reincorporated Biafra on January 15th 1970.

Since the end of the war, Igbo and Biafran nationalism lingers on in the Nigeria.

Many Nigerians travelling through the former Republic of Biafra have been reported going missing, later being found dead in the area.

The military couple were no acceptations, with Nigerian Army spokesman Onyema Nwachukwu stating: “The killings witnessed here were gruesome, barbaric, and despicable”.

A bounty has been issued by Nigerian military police for the Biafran suspects, dead or alive. 

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