Gunmen attack police facility in Anambra

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The Police Divisional Headquarters in Ihiala, Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State have been bombed by gunmen.

The attackers carried out the criminal act in the early hours of Wednesday with improvised explosive devices.

An eye witness said the bombing and sporadic shootings by the gunmen did not allow them to sleep during the attack.

“I was very scared when I started hearing of the heavy shootings and bomb explosions,” she said.

The witness said it was later in the morning that they realised that the attack was carried out at the police facility.

A resident of the area said that the gunmen set some inmates free during the attack.

“It was very early this morning that the gunmen started shooting and throwing bombs. We heard they released some people in the police cell,” he said.

The police spokesperson in Anambra State, Tochukwu Ikenga, confirmed the attack in a statement on Wednesday.

Ikenga, a deputy superintendent of police, said some police operatives engaged the gunmen in a shoot-out during the attack and subsequently recovered one Ak-47 rifle.

He said no life was lost in the incident and that the gunmen “escaped the scene due to superior fire” power of the operatives.

“Unfortunately, the explosives the gunmen threw inside the police station building had already ignited a fire and affected the building,” he said.

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The police spokesperson, however, said the fire had been put off.

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