Five killed as gunmen attack police station in Imo

By AdvocateNews on 15/08/2021

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The Imo State Police Command’s tactical team has shot dead three suspected members of Eastern Security Network (ESN), the militant arm of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) after a gun duel had claimed the lives of two police officers.

The gun battle which took place in Izombe town, Oguta Council Area of the state occurred when the suspects attacked the police station in the area.

According to a statement issued by the spokesman of the Imo State Police Command, CSP Michael Abattam, on Saturday, the armed bandits were killed in a gun exchange while they were attempting to attack Izombe Police Station on Friday.

He said that the suspects could not gain access to the station due to the swift response of the command’s tactical teams and personnel of Operation Restore Peace of the command who intercepted and repelled the bandits.

According to him, the bandits, on sighting the police, engaged them in a gun duel but were subdued due to the superior fire power of the police. Unfortunately, he said, two of the officers died in the battle.

“They fled into the bush and in the process three of the bandits were neutralisated and their arms, one pump action gun with two rounds of live cartridges and one locally made double barrel pistol with two expended cartridges, were recovered from them to the station,” he said.

However, he said some of the suspects escaped into the bush with bullet wounds.

According to him, the police are in pursuit of the bandits, combing the bush for the arrest of the fleeing suspects and possible recovery of their arms.

Abattam called on the people of the state, especially the Izombe community, to assist the police with credible information that would lead to the arrest of the fleeing bandits and to report to the nearest police station any person(s) seen with bullet wounds.

He also advised hospitals to ensure that they report any person(s) who come to them for treatment of bullet wounds.

Posted 15/08/2021 05:02:09 AM

 

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