The Imo Police Command has said that suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) attacked a police station in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of the state.
Naija News reports that the state police spokesman, CSP Michael Abattam, made this known in a statement on Friday in Owerri, the state capital.
Abattam stated that IPOB members attacked the station around 6.44 pm on Thursday with explosives, shooting sporadically to scare away the residents.
He stated that the gunmen arrived in the area in a convoy of five vehicles and three motorcycles, adding that one police officer was badly injured while properties were damaged in the attack.
Abbattam, however, disclosed that the police operatives attached to the station engaged the hoodlums in a gun duel which led to the gunmen fleeing the scene.
He disclosed that the Command’s tactical teams have been dispatched to the area in pursuit of the bandits and to beef up security in the area.
He said: “The suspected to be members of the IPOB/ESN terror group came to Isiala Mbano Police Station in about five vehicles and three motorcycles threw petrol bombs on the roof of the already damaged building in the Endsars imbroglio and started shooting indiscriminately.
“The police operatives attached to the station returned fire, engaging them in a gun duel. They were able to repel the bandits and in the process, they zoomed off in their vehicles and motorcycles.
“Due to the alertness of the police operatives, no arm was lost. The fire was extinguished not after causing some damages to the building.
“One of the police operatives who sustained gunshot injury was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.”