3 suspected bandits, soldier killed in gun duel at police checkpoint

3 suspected bandits, soldier killed in gun duel at police checkpoint

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Troops of Sector 5 of Exercise Golden Dawn of the Nigerian Army deployed in Enugu State have reportedly killed three suspected gunmen in a gun duel.

The Director Army Public Relations, Brig-General Onyema Nwachukwu said the suspected hoodlums had attacked Nigerian Police checkpoint on Okija-Onitsha expressway on Thursday October 7, 2021.

Nwachukwu in a statement on Saturday, said a soldier died in the gun battle while the troops ecovered one vehicle and 2 motorcycles, while conducting further exploitation of the general area for the fleeing terrorists.

He said “gallant troops engaged and overwhelmed the gunmen with superior firepower, forcing them to flee the scene. Troops however gave them a hot pursuit, and engaged the gunmen in a gun duel”.

According to the Army, “The 3 gunmen, who drove in 2 Vehicles ( a Hilux and Hummer bus), eventually succumbed to troops’ effective firepower, while others fled with gunshot wounds.

“Troops also recovered one vehicle and 2 motorcycles, while conducting further exploitation of the general area for the fleeing terrorists.

“Unfortunately, a soldier paid the supreme price, in the line of duty, for his Country.

“The Chief of Army Staff Commends the troops for the feat and urges them to sustain the momentum against all criminal elements operating in the region. The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) also sympathises with the family of the fallen hero and prays for the repose of his soul”, Nwachukwu stated.

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