2 cops killed in Abia; eight of the hoodlums too

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Abia State Police Command has confirmed the killing of two police officers in the attack on state CID in Umuagu, Umuahia, on Saturday, by gunmen.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, who made the confirmation also said eight of the hoodlums were gunned down in the crossfire.

This was in addition to a commercial tricycle operator said to have been killed by a stray bullet during the gun duel the police had with the criminals.

The PPRO expressed regret that two Inspectors lost their lives in the attack. He disclosed that the gunmen had stormed the police formation at about 6pm, on Saturday, shooting sporadically.

The police image maker said policemen on duty engaged the gunmen before reinforcement from the command headquarters, which added to the fierce engagement with men on ground that eventually saw eight of the hoodlums neutralized.

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He added that some of the attackers escaped with gunshot wounds, while two vehicles were recovered.

The State CID, was raised down following the detonation of an explosive through the back of the building.

While informing that suspects in detention were released and an exhibit car burnt, the PPRO, however, said no firearm was carted away.

Ogbonna urged medical facilities within and outside the state to report to security agencies anybody who came for treatment with bullet wounds.

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