Gunmen have killed three persons, including two police officers, and also set them ablaze at Amukabia, Achalla, Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State, while the policemen had gone to recover a Toyota Sienna Space Wagon vehicle earlier snatched by the hoodlums.
Penpushing reports that Anambra State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Tochukwu Ikenga, confirmed this in a statement on Saturday, adding that the gunmen snatched the vehicle at a gun point on July 9 in Oye-Agu Abagana, a community in Njikoka Local Government Area of the state.
The statement said the officers had embarked on the operation, accompanied by an expert in car-tracking, but were ambushed by the gunmen who captured the two officers and the car tracker, adding that the police succeeded in killing some of the gunmen,as well as destroying three of their camps during a counter operation on Friday.
Penpushing further reports that, Ikenga lamented that, some of the hoodlums escaped with bullet wounds, having already murdered their captives and set their bodies ablaze, adding that as at the time of filing this report the remains of the slain officers and the civilian have been recovered and deposited in a morgue.
One human skull, a locally made rocket propelled grande RPG launcher, two (RPG) bombs, one single-barrel long gun, empty chain of bullet, one Toyota Sienna and one Mercedes Benz SUV, were among the items recovered from the gunmen, according to the police. Others are: two cylinders, a huge quantity of hard drugs, a police beret and a police belt;, he stated.
Penpushing also reports that, the police spokesman said the police have begun an operation to track down the fleeing suspects, adding that the Commissioner of Police, Echeng Echeng, has condoled with the families of the slain civilian and the two police operatives.
The police boss in reaction described the incident as a classic example of the risk and sacrifices the police are exposed to in the task of serving and protecting the country, but however, assured residents of the state that the police were intensifying efforts towards reclamation and domination of all areas occupied by hoodlums in the state.
Penpushing reports that, as at the time of filing this report, the Commissioner of Police assured and vowed that the hoodlums and their accomplices would be apprehended by the police and brought to justice.
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