ONLY THREE DAYS after four people were shot dead and dumped in the vicinity of the well-known Nkwo Ogbe market in Ihiala, gunmen again murdered three members of the local vigilante organisation and a member of the joint military/police patrol team on Thursday.
Five structures in the Ihiala local government area’s administrative centre were also set on fire by the assailants.
One of the dead vigilante agents’ head was removed by the assailants after he was beheaded.
Traffic jam developed along the Onitsha-Owerri road as a result of the incident, which caused chaos throughout the entire local government area.
Anambra State Police command has confirmed the incident, stating that heavy operation is ongoing in the area.
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In a statement, the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Tochukwu Ikenga said: “Following the Police/Military operations ongoing in ihiala and its neighboring town, the operatives responding to a distress call of an attack on Ihiala local government headquarters, neutralized one of the attackers, recovered two locally made IED luncher, seven undetonated IED, 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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