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Five Dead In Gun Duel Between Police And Suspected ESN


Imo Police has said that its tactical team shot dead three suspected members of Eastern Security Network (ESN) during a gun duel, which also claimed claimed the lives of two officers.

According to the Police account, the gun trotting exchange occurred in Izombe town, Oguta Council Area, when the suspects attacked the police station in the area.

A statement on Saturday by the Police spokesman, CSP Michael Abattam, explained the armed bandits were killed in a gun exchange while they were attempting to attack Izombe Police station on August 13 at about 0245 hours.

He said the suspects could not gain access to the station due to the swift response of the Command’s Tactical teams and Personnel of Operation Restore Peace of the command who intercepted and repelled the bandits.

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According to him, the bandits on sighting the police engaged them in a gun duel but were subdued due to the superior firepower of the police.

Unfortunately, he said two of the officers died in the battle.

“They fled into the bush and in the process three of the bandits were neutralised and their arms one pump action gun with two rounds of live cartridges and one locally made double barrel pistol with two expended cartridges were recovered from them to the station,” he said.

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However, he said some of the suspects escaped into the bush with bullet wounds.

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