Police have reportedly foiled an attack on Imo state command and killed no fewer than five gunmen.
This tragic incident was confirmed by the police public relations officer in the state, Bala Elkana.
According to Elkana, the attackers arrived at the police command in a white Hummer bus in the early hours of Sunday.
Elkana said officers immediately denied the gunmen access and engage them in a shooting, leaving five of them dead.
He said four AK-47 rifles were recovered from the gunmen.
“They made an attempt to attack our station but we denied them access into even the main building; we blocked by the exit point,” he said.
“They came in a Hummer bus; they suffered casualty on their side. The figure at the moment is five down on their side.
“Four AK-47 rifles that they stole from the police in previous attacks at our stations were recovered from them.
“Five of them killed. We have one police officer that is injured.”
The incident is the latest in a series of attacks by gunmen in the south-east.
Gunmen have targeted police stations, offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other public infrastructure in the south-east.