Crime & Society

Gunmen kill police inspector, injure others at roadblock in Anambra

By Our Reporter

Gunmen on Sunday killed a police inspector, and injured othets at a road block in Onitsha, Anambra State.

The attackers opened fire on the inspector and his colleagues on patrol at the Ukaegbu junction, off Ezeiweka road in Onitsha.

The police team had mounted a roadblock for a stop-and-search at the junction before the assailants swooped on them.

Aside the shooting which left one dead and others badly injured, the police patrol van was burnt, The Gazette also learnt.

Police spokesman in Anambra, Ikenga Tochukwu, confirmed the attack and said the attackers drove in an ash sienna vehicle, and suddenly started shooting sporadically at the officers on duty.

“Unfortunately, during the exchange of gunfire, one police inspector paid the supreme price and some sustain gunshot injuries. In a bid to escape the police responding team, they set the patrol vehicle ablaze,” Mr Tochukwu said.

Mr Tochukwu further stated that the state police command has intensified search within the Onitsha axis to identify and arrest the attackers, saying the command is not discouraged with the incident “but are more committed in delivering in their mandate on the protection of lives and properties.”

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