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Unknown Gunmen Parked In 3 Hilux Van Attacks B Police Division, Set INEC Office Ablaze

by Anita Ogona

Unknow gunmen Allegedly parked in 3 Hilux vehicle have attacked and burnt down the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC on Sunday night.

The assailants also invaded B Division police station which is close to INEC Office to cause severe destruction, but it became an unsuccessful operation as the attempt was repelled by security operatives who engaged them in a fierce firefight, killing two of them in the process.

Many police officers are feared dead from the attack which witnesses said lasted for almost 2 hours with sporadic shootings.

Eyewitnesses also said three Hilux vans fully packed with armed men stormed the police station and opened fire for more than one hour.

They were reported to have later proceeded to the Ekwueme Square axis and fired gunshots for another 10 minutes before storming the INEC headquarters and set it on fire.

The office of the electoral umpire and the police station are both located in Awka, the state capital, in south-east Nigeria.

The incident, which occurred on Sunday, is the latest in the series of attacks on police facilities and INEC offices by hoodlums in recent times in the region.

Although police authorities in the state confirmed the killing of two of the assailants during the gun battle, there was no information on whether or not any security operative was killed.

Another Eye witness wrote on twitter: BLACK SUNDAY IN AWKA*
B Division police station Awka attacked. Unconfirmed number of police officers killed.
INEC office in Awka presently on fire 🔥
A sad one
They shot for more than 1hr at B-Division. Stopped at Ekwueme Square shot like fire 10mins, then proceeded to INEC Office and put it on fire. 3 Hillux fully packed with Unknown Gunmen

 

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