Three killed as gunmen, soldiers clash in Abia

Three killed as gunmen, soldiers clash in Abia

A clash involving some operatives of the Nigerian Army and some unknown gunmen has led to the killing of at least three people in Abia State.

The PUNCH reported that trouble started when a soldier attached to the 14 Brigade was attacked and killed by the gunmen in mufti at the Ebem Market near the post office in the Ohafia area of the state.

Army authorities immediately deployed soldiers to the area when they got knowledge of the incident on Wednesday and killed two of the gunmen.

A source said, “The killed soldier was among those who just passed out from military depots. He didn’t argue with them nor did anything transpire between him and them.

“Following a distress call, the army went there and saw the gunmen and killed two of them. Their pump-action rifles, machetes and two motorcycles were collected.”

Howbeit, a local said over six persons, including a motorcyclist, sustained bullet wounds during the incident.

Attempts to get the reaction of the military in Ohafia were futile as the phone lines of the army spokesperson were not reachable.

Similarly, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Geoffrey Ogbonna, could not be reached for comment as of press time.

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