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Four Police Officers Killed In Attack In Southeast Nigeria 

The officers were killed during an attack on a police division in the southeastern state of Imo.

Four Nigerian Police Officers were killed on Friday, August 5th, when a group of separatist militants attacked the Agwa Divisional Police headquarters in Imo State, Southeast Nigeria. 

The attackers raided the police facility in Oguta Local Government Area of the state around 11 p.m.  

The firefight that followed the attack caused the death of yeh officers, according to multiple sources who do not want their names mentioned, including a police officer who survived the incident. 

The identities of the victims have so far not been revealed. 

“The armed men came in a tipper truck (dump truck) and two sienna cars. Part of the division and three vehicles, including the one belonging to the Divisional Police Officer, were burnt,” a police source said. 

Micheal Abattam, spokesperson of Imo State Police Command, did not respond to calls and messages sent to him as of the time of filing this report

The southeast region of Nigeria is plagued by attacks on government personnel and facilities by separatist militants of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Police officers and stations have also been frequent targets of the group seeking an independent state of Biafra in the country’s Southeast.

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