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General News of Wednesday, 24 March 2021


11 feared dead in soldier-hoodlum gunfight in Aba

More than 11 people are feared dead in Aba More than 11 people are feared dead in Aba

More than 11 people are feared dead after a fierce gunfight between soldiers and hoodlums in Aba, Abia State.

This follows the attack and killing of some policemen around Abayi police station barely a week ago. Some three policemen were also ambushed and murdered by hoodlums in Abiriba, Ohafia Local Government Area of the state 48-hours prior to the latest gunfight.

In the latest attack, the armed hoodlums, numbering about 50, are said to have, at about 8.30 pm on Tuesday, stormed the popular Ariaria junction on the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, ostensibly to attack soldiers manning the area, Sunnewsonline reports.

Available information has it that before the gunmen arrived at the scene, soldiers on duty had received intelligence and laid in wait for them.

It was learned that as soon as the hoodlums arrived, they opened fire, with the soldiers returning fire.

In the ensuing gunfight that lasted for over 30 minutes, 11 people were reportedly found dead.

There were conflicting reports about the number of causalities; with figures as high as 16, among them a soldier, and the reported figure of 11, according to a military source, who said all the casualties were hoodlums, with no military losses.

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