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Gunmen Hit Bende Police Station In Abia, Free Detainees

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Heavily armed Unknown gunmen, numbering at least 100, yesterday attacked Bende Divisional Police Station in Abia, leaving two operatives with gunshot wounds.

Eyewitness account said the hoodlums set the station on fire at about 11 pm on Wednesday.

‘We heard a cacophony of gunshots around 10.45 pm and when we rushed outside, we saw the station on fire.

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‘At that point, it dawned on us that the station was under attack so everybody began to scamper for safety,’ the eyewitness said on the condition of anonymity.

The Spokesman of the state command, SP Godfrey Ogbonna, confirmed the attack in Umuahia on Thursday.

Ogbonna said the operatives were shot in the leg and that the attackers also burnt down the generator house and a multi-purpose building, belonging to Bende Local Government.

He said the hoodlums later released criminal suspects, who were detained at the station.

‘They also burnt two vehicles, including the Divisional Police Officer’s Highlander Jeep, and three motorcycles, parked at the station,‘ he said.

Ogbonna said that it was not clear how the bandits arrived at the place in their numbers.

 

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