Five Gunmen, One Officer Killed In Fresh Attack On Police Station In Anambra State
Five gunmen and a police officer have been killed in a fresh attack on another police station in Anambra State.
The gunmen attacked Nkwelle Ezunaka Police Divisional Headquarters in the early hours of Sunday
The attack which was the seventh within a month in the state, came hours after three police officers were killed, and a soldier injured during Saturday attack on the Ukpo/Ugidi police divisional headquarters in the state.
Spokesman of the State Police Command, Tochukwu Ikenga, confirming the casualties said the gunmen who came in large numbers also sets a patrol vehicle ablaze during the attack.
Ikenga said a team of Police/Army who engaged the gunmen captured from them two AK-47 rifles, a Toyota Senna vehicle and charms.
The police spokesperson said the hoodlums were armed with rifles and improvised explosive devices.
He said, on arrival, the attackers shot indiscriminately to gain entrance into the facility but were fiercely resisted by police operatives led by the divisional police officer who initially engaged them in a shoot-out before a reinforcement team comprising military and police mobile force operatives arrived at the scene.
“During the gun duel, unfortunately, one police operative attached to the station was fatally wounded and an office in the facility was partially affected by the petrol bomb the insurgents threw inside the station,” he said.
“Also, one patrol vehicle parked in front of the station was set ablaze by the gunmen.”
Mr Ikenga said some of the hoodlums escaped with gunshot injuries during the shoot-out. He said the situation was under control and being monitored.
“Joint operations are ongoing to track down the fleeing insurgents,” he added.
Two AK-47 rifles, a Toyota Sienna vehicle and charms were among the items recovered from the gunmen during the operation, according to the police.