Tension Rises in Abia as Soldiers Kill 2, Unknown Gunmen Set Ablaze Police Station

Tension is escalating in Abia State following the reported shooting of three people on Akanu Ibiam Road by soldiers suspected to be attached to Operation Python Dance 11.
This is also as unknown gunmen in the early hours of Thursday attacked a police station in Ariaria area of the state.
The shooting was said to taken place at about 9:30 am Thursday morning.
According to an eye witness, they were shot close to the Diamond Bank near the Abia State Government House gate.
The eye witness said that two of the three who were shot died instantly while the third was fatally injured.
He said that the soldiers after their action took the corpses and the injured away in their truck.
It was said that those who were shot were said to be wearing black which the army took to be IPOB uniform.
The incident is said to have sent panic to residents as shop owners quickly locked their shops, while most vehicles especially commercial operators also had to pack leaving passengers stranded.
It was also observed that most of the banks operating around that area have all closed shops, while at the First Bank on Akanu Ibiam road, customers were seen outside the bank premises and on inquiry one of the bank security said, “We have closed for the day”.
At the Afaraukwu, the home of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, panic stricken residents have locked their shops and residential gates, while the entire area looked deserted.
Reports from Aba, the commercial center of the state, say that there was shooting in the city resulting in the death of many people.
It was also reported that the Ariaria Police Station in Aba was raised down, a report the PPRO, DSP Geoffrey Ogbonna, confirmed.
Reports said unidentified persons reportedly attacked the Police Divisional Headquarters in the early hours of Thursday. .
Information about the attack at the time of filing report is sketchy, though some sources said that there was no casualty.
It was gathered that security have been beefed up at the Aba Area Command Headquarters and other Police Divisions in the commercial town when information about the attack filtered into the city.
Detachment of policemen were seen at the road leading to the Area Command after it was cordoned off and police rerouting cars heading towards that direction of the command.

Author: News Editor

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