An armed gang attacked the station with explosives and petrol bombs leading to a fire outbreak that affected some vehicles parked on the premises of the station, police authorities in the state said.
“On Thursday, August 5,2021 at about 21:35pm WAT, armed bandits, in their numbers attacked and threw explosives and petrol bombs on top of the roof of Orsu Police station damaging the roof and causing a fire outbreak in the station which spread and affected some of the vehicles parked at the parking lot,” Abutu Yaro, Commissioner of Police in the state told newsmen on Friday in Owerri, the state capital.
He stated that the command’s tactical teams that were on ground engaged the gang and eventually “subdued” them after killing three of their members and recovering one pump action gun and two locally made double barrel pistols from them.
A Police Inspector whose name was not given equally died during the gun duel while injured members of the armed gang “escaped into the bush with bullet wounds.”
Meanwhile, Yaro called on Imo state residents to assist the police in tracking down the assailants by coming forward with “credible information.”
He also urged residents to report “any person seen with or treating bullet wounds” and hospitals to alert them if any person comes to “for treatment of bullet wounds.”
Police personnel and security formations in Imo State and the entire Southeast region have come under attacks in recent times.
The police have blamed the attacks on separatists seeking the independence of Biafra who allegedly freed more than 1,800 inmates at a correctional facility in Imo State while attacking a nearby Police headquarters at the same time.
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