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IMO: Eight killed as operatives repel attack on Orlu police station

NO fewer than eight hoodlums were killed yesterday night after security operatives successfully resisted and repelled an attack on Orlu Divisional Police Headquarters.

The operatives also recovered seven vehicles the attackers came in for the operation.

Since the turn of 2021, gunmen had successfully carried out attacks on about ten police stations, including the burning of the Police Command headquarters and freeing of over 1,800 prisoners from the Owerri Correctional Centre.

Reports say gun battle between the gunmen and security operatives in Orlu lasted several hours as the military sent reinforcement from the 34 artillery brigade, Obinze, in Owerri to the area.

The gun duel created an atmosphere of panic as people scampered for safety, as the roads in Orlu town and its environs were deserted.

A resident of the area, who preferred not to be mentioned, said that “we slept with our hearts in our hands last night.’

He also disclosed that an Amoured Personnel Carrier was allegedly set ablaze at Umuna junction in Orlu town.

The state command is yet to react to the incident.

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