January 12, (THEWILL) – Gunmen early Thursday morning invaded the headquarters of Ihiala Local Government Area (LGA) in Anambra state.
Tochukwu Ikenga, the Spokesperson for the Anambra Police Command, confirmed the attack in a statement.
He said one of the attackers was arrested, while two locally made IED launchers, seven undetonated IEDs, 40 pieces of live cartridges, 15 live 7.62MM Ak47 ammunition, knives, charms, and other dangerous weapons were recovered by security operatives, who responded to the attack.
He added that before the response of the security operatives, the gunmen had already killed three vigilante operatives and set five buildings ablaze with IED and petrol bombs.
“Following the Police/Military operations ongoing in ihaila and its neighbouring town, the Operatives responding to a distress call at about 2:55 am, today( Thursday) of an attack on Ihiala Local Government Headquarters, neutralised one of the attackers, recovered two locally made IED launcher, seven undetonated IED, 40 pieces of live cartridges, 15 live 7.62MM Ak47 ammunition, knives, charms, and other dangerous weapons.
“The attackers had already murdered three vigilante operatives on duty, beheaded one and set five buildings ablaze with IED and petrol bombs.
“The joint force operatives engaged the arsonist/attackers, and obstructed them from causing further damages, while some escaped with bullet wounds.
“The bodies of the victims were recovered and joint operations are still ongoing.
“Further development shall be communicated,” he said.