Gunmen attacked and killed three Anambra Vigilante Services agents and burnt five structures on fire.
The incident occurred at 2 a.m. on Thursday in Anambra State’s Ihiala Local Government Area.
According to a local source, the gunmen beheaded one of the vigilante operators after attacking and killing them at the local government building.
According to him, the gunmen also used IEDs to burn down roughly five structures in the vicinity.
According to an unsubstantiated report, one of the affected buildings housed the Independent National Electoral Commission’s office.
The reason for the attack could not be ascertained but the state police spokesman, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, confirmed the incident.
Ikenga said police operatives were alerted and when they arrived at the scene, one of the gunmen was killed by police operatives when they were confronted.
He confirmed that as of the time police operatives responded to the call, the gunmen had murdered three vigilante operatives on duty and set five buildings ablaze with IED and petrol bombs.
He said police and military operations are currently ongoing in the area.
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He said, “Following the police/military operations ongoing in Ihiala and its neighbouring town, the operatives responding to a distress call at about 2:55 am, today 12/1/2023 of an attack on Ihiala local government headquarters.
“The police neutralized one of the attackers, recovered two locally made IED luncher, seven undenoted IEDs, forty pieces of live cartridges, fifteen live 7.62MM Ak47 ammunition, knives, charms, and other dangerous weapons.
“The attackers had already murdered, three vigilante operatives on duty, beheaded one and set five buildings ablaze with IED and petrol bombs.
“The joint force operatives engaged the arsonist/attackers, and obstructed them from causing further damages, while some escaped with bullet wounds.
“The bodies of the victims were recovered and joint operations are still ongoing. Further development shall be communicated, please.”
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