Gunmen kill 5 police operatives in fresh Imo attack — PPRO

Gunmen on Monday killed five police operatives and abducted one in a fresh on a police in Imo.

The Police Public Officer in the state, SP Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the incident to the News Agency Nigeria (NAN) in Owerri.

“Five officers been killed, while one is yet to be accounted for, but the building was not burnt,” Ikeokwu said.

According to him, the assailants attacked the Okigwe South Zonal Police Area Command in Ehime-Mbano Local Government Area the state, where they shot and killed the operatives on guard.

NAN learnt that the deceased engaged the attackers in a gun battle but later overpowered by the heavily armed men.

Eyewitness account said the incident caused serious panic in the area, forcing many residents to flee their homes into the bush for safety.

The incident to nine the number such heineous attacks in Imo since April 5, when gunmen attacked the police headquarters and correctional in Owerri. (NAN)