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Two soldiers feared dead as JTF neutralizes four gunmen in Anambra
 
By: Abara Blessing Oluchi
Sat, 12 Nov 2022   ||   Nigeria,
 

Four gunmen were killed at Isuofia, Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s community in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State by the Joint Task Force on Security in the area on Saturday.

The gunmen on a Venza car were said to have stormed the military checkpoint at Isuofia and attacked the soldiers at their duty post.

They fired indiscriminately and their bullets hit some of the soldiers two of whom the unconfirmed report said may have died in the gun battle and two others sustained various degrees of injuries.

As soon as it was alerted, the Joint Task Force made a swift response and engaged the gunmen, leading to the killings of four of them.

It would be recalled that some unknown gunmen had also stormed Ufuma – Ezira area in Orumba South local government area two days ago and robbed a bullion van, allegedly killing three persons.

Confirming the Isuofia incident the Police Public Relations Officer, Tochukwu Ikenga, a Deputy Superintendent of Police said that the situation has been brought under control.

He said: “The situation is under control. Meanwhile, four of the criminal elements were neutralized and police/military patrols intensified in the area”.

“The joint task force also recovered some of their operational vehicles which include Venza jeep and others”

“_Further details shall be communicated as operation is still ongoing”he said

Also reacting to the incident the Commissioner for Information Mr Paul Nwosu described it as part of the policy thrust of the Soludo administration in ensuring the security of lives and property In the state.

He added: “A gang of gunmen struck the Nigerian Army checkpoint at Afor-Uzo Junction, Isuofia this morning. But unfortunately for the hoodlums, they met their Waterloo.

“Our gallant and alert security agents who gave them a hot chase immediately returned fire and neutralised 4 of the gang members in a fierce exchange of shootings. Their Toyota Avanza with which they launched the deadly operation was recovered.

“The government of Anambra State wishes to reassure the people of their safety, especially during this yuletide season” he added.

 

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