Soldiers kill 11 gunmen in Abia



Soldiers of the 144 Battalion, stationed at Ariaria junction, along the Enugu – Port Harcourt expressway, Wednesday, killed 11 gunmen who engaged them in a fierce gun battle. This is coming 48 hours after three policemen were ambushed and murdered by hoodlums in Abiriba, in Ohafia council area of the state. The gunmen, said to be numbering about 50, engaged the soldiers at their checkpoint at the Ariaria junction. Sources told Vanguard that before the gunmen arrived the area; the soldiers had gathered intelligence and laid in wait for them. As soon as the gunmen arrived, they opened fire, but the soldiers responded. In the ensuing gun duel which was said to have lasted for over 30 minutes, 11 persons were shot dead in the duel as they bowed to superior fire power of the soldiers. Other members of the gang reportedly fled with bullet wounds.

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