‘IPOB militants’ gunned down in attack on Imo Police Station

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Abuja – A combined team operatives Thursday night killed at least eight militants the Independent Biafra () while repelling an attack the Orlu Divisional headquarters in .

The operatives also recovered seven vehicles the attackers came in for the operation.

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The incident is coming less than 24 hours after Abutu Yaro, the new , assumed duty.

The gun duel between operatives and the attackers lasted several hours as the military sent reinforcement from the 34 artillery brigade, Obinze, in , the capital.

Residents Orlu and its environs were in panic mode while the gun duel lasted.

“We slept with our hearts in our hands last night,” a resident of the area, preferred not to be mentioned, told our correspondent.

The gunmen allegedly set ablaze an Armoured Personnel Carrier at Umuna junction in Orlu town.

The Spokesperson in the , Orlando Ikeokwu, could not be reached but a source confirmed the incident.

He said the corpses of the hoodlums and their vehicles had been brought to the state police headquarters in .

Armed men overran the police headquarters in April and set many detainees free.