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Three officers killed as gunmen attack Nigerian police checkpoint



No fewer than three officers have been killed as gunmen on Saturday evening, January 28, 2023, attacked Ebonyi/Enugu boundary police checkpoint.

The hoodlums were said to have stormed the checkpoint in two sienna buses at about some minutes past 6 pm and opened fire on the policemen manning the checkpoint.

The Ebonyi State Police Command confirmed the attack in a statement early hours of Sunday.

He said the hoodlums operated in two Sienna vehicles.

“Yesterday’s attack by unknown gunmen at Ebonyi/Enugu boundary took place at about 1808hrs.

“Three police personnel of Operation Safer Highway, fatally injured. Later confirmed dead.

“Hoodlums operated in two sienna vehicles, drove into the Check-point, opened fire on the policemen,” he said in a statement.

Saturday’s attack is the latest in the series of deadly attacks on the police and other security agencies in the South-east.

Gunmen have been unleashing terror in Ebonyi and other South-eastern states in recent years, attacking civilians, security operatives and offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Last December, gunmen attacked a police checkpoint in Abakaliki, killing a police officer. The gunmen stormed the checkpoint on a motorcycle on 5 December 2022 and opened fire on the police operatives.

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