July 18, 2024

Panic in Imo as unknown gunmen shoot 2 police officers, civilian

Yet-to-be identified gunmen on Tuesday shot two police officers at a security checkpoint on the Owerri-Okigwe road in Imo State.

The assailants also shot another person said to be a civilian inside a house.

An eyewitness who confirmed the incident to newsmen said it happened at about 06:25 am at Akabo in Ikeduru Council Area of the state.

A voice in a viral video stated: “This just happened now. Unknown gunmen have shot two police officers at Akabo in Ikeduru LGA. Also, a civilian was shot.”

The video showed two uniformed police officers lying helplessly on the ground and another body in a room.

Another eyewitness in the video said, “Unknown gunmen in a vehicle driving roughly were shooting sporadically after killing the two police officers at a security checkpoint and also shot a man inside his house. They targeted the man and shot him.”

Residents have scampered for safety while shop owners closed their shops out of fear.

According to one of the residents, who pleaded anonymity for security reasons, “We are running. Nobody knows what is next. So we have to take cover for the moment until everything is calm. The best thing is to close your shop at the moment.”

Meanwhile, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Henry Okoye, is yet to comment on the incident as of the time of filing this report.

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