- Some criminals attacked a Nigerian Army checkpoint in Calabar on Tuesday, March 2
- The gunmen shot dead some policemen and at least one soldier
- The attack was specifically carried out along the Calabar-Ikom highway
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Some gunmen were on a killing spree along the Calabar-Ikom highway on the night of Tuesday, March 2, shooting dead some policemen and at least one soldier.
The Nation reports that the sad incident has been confirmed by the police spokesman in the area, ASP Irene Ugbo.
Ugbo said that attackers fled into a nearby bush with about two police rifles during a gun battle with some soldiers who came on a rescue mission.
However, sources in the area told journalists that two officers were shot dead while four others were killed at Oyadama checkpoint.
The source added:
"The assailants were believed to have started from Nko axis of the highway attacking checkpoints into the Obubra axis.
"They drove in a commercial vehicle suspected to have been snatched for the operation and abandoned at the checkpoint where the Army cross gun firepower forced them to abandon it flee into the nearby bush.”
Sources revealed that the incident took place in the Obokun local government area in the evening. Amotekun corps' field commander in the state, Amitolu Shittu, confirmed the development, having been at the scene of the crime.
Shittu disclosed that the gang launched their deadly attack with AK-47 rifles, adding that investigation into the tragedy has commenced.
In another development, at least 40 people have been kidnapped by unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits in Niger.
The attack, which happened on Tuesday, February 2, also saw 21 people killed as about three hundred gunmen on motorcycles stormed the communities.
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