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Seven people have been killed after some hoodlums in the Abonnema, Akuku Toru Local Government Area (LGA) of Rivers State, laid siege against the troops of the Nigerian Army.

Naija News reports that the deaths were recorded after the hoodlums engaged the operatives of the Nigerian Army in a gun battle in the area.

According to the Army, the attack was pre-planned and carried out between Charles and Bob-Manuel’s compounds in Abonnema Town at about 1:00pm, Saturday.

A spokesman for the army, Colonel Sagir Musa said that the attackers barricaded a major road into the town and laid an ambush “in the adjoining built-up areas from where they opened fire on unsuspecting troops when they attempted to remove the barricade”.

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The troops are reported to have fought their way through the siege and in the process killed six of the assailants. although a lieutenant died in the encounter.

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