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ANAMBRA: Gunmen attack military checkpoint, five killed

THE police reported yesterday, that five people had died in a confrontation between soldiers and some suspected gunmen in the Isuofia community of the Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.

According to information obtained by newsmen the gunmen attacked the military checkpoint yesterday near the Afor-Uzo Junction in Isuofia.

An eyewitness account stated that during the violent confrontation, the gunmen initially attacked the soldiers, before other soldiers then reacted which resulted in the death of two soldiers and four of the shooters.

Further information revealed that the attackers entered the community through an entrance in the Umuona community.

Tochukwu Ikenga, a spokesperson for the state police, confirmed the event and stated that the gunmen were driven back by joint security forces made up of the military, police, and other security personnel.

Ikenga also stated that one Toyota Venza was found when the combined task team increased patrols inside the Isuofia community.

He said, “Anambra State security forces comprising the military, police, other security agencies neutralised five unknown gunmen in Umuona, Isuofia, Aguata LGA and recovered one grey Toyota Venza with registration number KRD 344 BT.

“This followed a distress call at about 10:30am today 12/11/2022 along Afor market in Isuofia, where some hoodlums attacked a security checkpoint in the area.

“The joint forces responded swiftly, engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel and neutralised five of the armed men while others escaped with dark blue Lexus 470 without number plate from the scene with bullet wounds.’’

The police spokesperson stated that the Commissioner of Police, Echeng Echeng, while charging the operatives to sustain the tempo against the onslaught on criminals, ordered intensified patrols and improved operational positioning to respond to distress calls in the state.

He stated, “Further details shall be communicated please as the operation is still ongoing.”

 Also, the state Commissioner for Information, Paul Nwosu, said a gang of gunmen struck the Nigerian Army checkpoint at Afor-Uzo Junction, Isuofia, adding that they were neutralised by security agents.

Nwosu said the security agents gave the gunmen a hot chase by killing four of the gang members in a fierce exchange of shootings in the bloody event.

He said, “The government of Anambra State wishes to reassure the people of their safety, especially during this yuletide.’’

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