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Yet-to-be-identified armed men on Friday stormed Umuahia, the capital of Abia State, shooting sporadically thereby causing panic amongst residents as many of them scampered for safety.
Traders and motorists in the area have taken to their heels with their wares to avoid being hit by stray bullets.
As at the time of filing this report, the number of casualties was yet to be confirmed, but a tricycle operator who pleaded anonymity claimed that two lives were lost, including that of a police officer at the Okpara Square.
He stated that the police officer was killed during a gun duel between the police and the unknown bandits around the busy Okpara Square/Mission Hill road when the gunmen attempted to attack government assets.
Efforts to reach the Police Public Relations of the Abia State Police Command, SP Godfrey Ogbonna, for comments proved abortive.
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