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No fewer than six soldiers and a yet undisclosed number of gunmen were killed in Ohafia, Ohafia council area of Abia state in the early hours of Saturday as the military battled gunmen in the area.
The Eastern Updates gathered that yesterday, at about 5 pm, unknown gunmen had stormed the Ebem motor park, shot sporadically in the air, and fled to the Amangwu area of Ohafia.
When soldiers of the 14 Brigade of the Nigeria Army were notified of the incident, they went in search of the hoodlums in the community.
However, the soldiers who could not arrest any of the hoodlums, reinforced and returned to Amangwu community.
Sources told The Eastern Updates that in their second visit, the unknown gunmen engaged the soldiers in a gun battle that reportedly lasted for several hours.
In the gun duel, unconfirmed reports have it that no fewer than six soldiers were killed, while an undisclosed number of the unknown gunmen were also shot dead.
The operation caused the natives of Amangwu to flee from their homes as many of them slept in the bush till the next morning when the soldiers returned to their barracks at about 8.45 am.
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