Gunmen kill security operatives, set cars ablaze in Imo



Gunmen have killed some security operatives and burnt several vehicles in Oriagu, Ehime-Mbano LGA of Imo state.


The security operatives were said to have been on patrol along Aba-branch Oriagu in Ehime-Mbano road when the gunmen ambushed them and killed over six joint task force officers.


The incident occurred on Tuesday morning.


A voice in a viral video said the security operatives were in Toyota Hilux vehicles and were driving from Oriagu market to Aba-branch.


“I spotted two Hilux patrol vehicles pass my shop and I never knew they were being traced by bandits. Just few minutes later, I started hearing that those officers have been shot dead at Aba branch,” the voice said.


“When I got there, the two Hilux vehicles were on fire with the officers burnt beyond recognition. As I speak, Oriagu and Isinweke are blocked at the moment.


“Inhabitants of the areas have run away for fear of the unknown. The areas have been cordoned off by the police and army as the place is currently boiling.”

When contacted, Henry Okoye, spokesperson of the Imo police command, did not respond at the time of filing this report.

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