Hoodlum, suspected to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra/Eastern Security Network attacked Njaba Police Station in Imo State for the third time on Tuesday, where they engaged Police and Army officers in a gun duel.
According to the Police, they threw Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and shot sporadically in an attempt to gain entrance into the Station. However, they were repelled by Police Officers, and many of the attackers sustained various degrees of bullet wounds.
The hoodlums retreated and fled towards Njaba bridge, where they ran into a detachment of the Army while the Police were giving them a hot chase.
“Unfortunately for them, they ran into a detachment of the Army at Njaba Bridge, who engaged them in another gun battle. During the exchange of gunfire, the hoodlums suffered huge casualties, which made them scamper for safety, running into the bush, and abandoning their operational vehicle,” the State Police Spokesperson, CSP Michael Abatham, said in a statement.
One pump action gun and the Sienna vehicle used for the operation were recovered.
CSP Abatham added that an aggressive combing of the bush and manhunt for the hoodlums is ongoing to recover more arms and arrest the fleeing suspects.
Meanwhile, no life was lost or was arms/ammunition carted away, and the building of the Police station remains intact apart from the minor damage to the perimeter wall fence.
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