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Anambra: Gunmen Bomb Council Headquarters, Kill Three


Gunmen on Thursday bombed the headquarters of Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Naija News learnt that the incident led to the death of three vigilante operatives.

According to Premium Times, the gunmen invaded the council headquarters at about 2 am on Thursday.

It was reported that the gunmen allegedly threw Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) into the council headquarters, destroying properties and killing the security officials.

Sources that spoke with the platform on the incident said the IEDs razed several buildings in the secretariat.

A source who spoke on condition of anonymity said, “They (gunmen) also beheaded one of the vigilante people after killing them.”

The incident was confirmed by the spokesperson of the state police command, Tochukwu Ikenga.

Ikenga disclosed that police operatives arrived in the area in response to a distress call at 2:55 am.

According to Ikenga, the gunmen had killed three vigilante operatives and also beheaded one of them before the arrival of the operatives.

He noted that five of the buildings in the secretariat were set ablaze by the gunmen with the IEDs and some petrol bombs.

Sources in the community said the buildings affected by the fire include the administrative block of the council headquarters, a primary healthcare office and an office of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Others are the office of the National Youth Service Corps, an education office and an office of the National Civil Defense.

Ikenga said, “One of the attackers was neutralized.”

The police spokesperson disclosed that some of the gunmen fled the scene with bullet wounds when they were challenged by the operatives.

He said, “The bodies of the victims were recovered and joint operations are still ongoing.”

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Two locally made IED launchers, seven undetonated IEDs, 40 pieces of live cartridges, 15 live 7.62 MM AK-47 ammunition, knives and charms were among the items recovered from the gunmen during the operation.