A total of five persons were killed on Saturday when unknown gunmen suspected to be hoodlums attacked Izombe Police Divisional headquarters in the Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State.
It was learnt that the attackers had planned to bomb the station but were met with fierce resistance by the policemen, who engaged in a duel battle that resulted in the loss of lives.
Two policemen on duty were shot dead, three of the invaders also lost their lives, according to a statement issued by Michael Abattam, the Public Relations Officer of the Imo Police Command, on Saturday.
The statement read: “On August 13, at about 02:45 hours, armed bandits suspected to be members of the proscribed IPOB/ ESN terror group, came in their numbers to attack Izombe Police Station but could not gain access to the station due to the swift response of the ever alert Imo Command’s Tactical teams and Personnel of Operation Restore Peace of the command who intercepted and repelled the bandits.
“The bandits who on sighting the police engaged them in a gun duel were subdued, due to the superior fire power of the police. They fled into the bush and in the process three of the bandits were neutralisated and their arms one pump action gun with two rounds of live cartridges and one locally made double barrel pistol with two expended cartridges were recovered from them to the station .
“While others escaped into the bush with bullet wounds. Unfortunately, the command lost two of it’s gallant officers in the attack.
“Meanwhile, the tactical teams are presently, in pursuit of the bandits and combing the bush for the arrest of the fleeing bandits and possible recovery of their arms.
“The command is using this medium to call on the good people of Imo State especially, the Izombe community to assist the police with credible information that will lead to the arrest of the fleeing bandits and to report to the nearest police station any person(s) seen with bullet wounds.
“Also hospitals are advised to ensure that they report any person(s) who come to them for treatment of bullet wounds.”