Police Officer, 3 Others Shot Dead as Unknown Gunmen Attack Imo Divisional Police Headquarters.

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Police Station burnts

Unknown Gunmen attacked the Divisional Police Headquarters in the Orlu Local Area of Imo State on Thursday night.

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Four people were killed in the attack, including a police officer and three of the attackers.

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Cars parked on the premises were not spared while parts of the police division were burned.

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The attackers and the on-duty cops were said to have engaged in a lengthy gun battle.

The incident occurred around 11.35 p.m. on Thursday, according to Mike Abattam, a police spokesperson for the state police command, who confirmed the news to our correspondent.

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Some of the surviving gunmen escaped with bullet wounds, he said.

“On August 5, around 21:35 hours, unknown gunmen  attacked and threw explosives and petrol bombs on top of the roof of Police station, damaging the roof and causing fire to spread and affect some of the vehicles parked in the parking lot,” Abattam said. On the ground, the command’s tactical teams engaged the bandits in a gunfight.

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“And the bandits have apprehended thanks to the police’s superior firepower. Three of the bandits were apprehended and their weapons, including a pump-action gun and two locally-made double barrel pistols, were recovered, while the others fled into the bush, bullet wounds. Unfortunately, one of the police officers was killed in the attack.

“In the meantime, the command is using this medium to appeal to the good people of Imo State, particularly the community, to assist the police with credible information that will lead to the arrest of the escaped bandits, as well as to report anyone seen with or treating bullet wounds to the nearest police station. In addition, hospitals should ensure that anyone seeking treatment for bullet wounds is reported to them.”

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