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Gunmen attack, burn Anti-cult office in Anambra, kill one police officer

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Gunmen attacked and set ablaze an anti-cult formation in Obasi, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

The attackers invaded the area with a petrol bomb, leaving one police officer dead.

According to report, the incident took place around 11pm on Thursday.

The Anambra State Police command confirmed the incident, saying that security operatives were deployed to the area immediately the command got information about the attack.

Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga said that police officers were moved to the area immediately and in the spur of action recovered some improvised explosive devices (IED), which have not been used.

He added: “Our men stood their ground and were able to ward off the attackers.

“The men came in their numbers, using three vehicles. One Toyota Highlander, one Toyota Sienna and a Corolla car.

“Because of the deployment, the attackers were not able to do harm to the level that they expected. They had to flee.

“Meanwhile, we lost one police operative in the attack. He was hit by a bullet from the attackers. Also, because of the petrol bomb used by the attackers, one of the buildings in the formation was affected by fire.

“As I speak to you, there is a massive police operation going on in the area now, and we are calling on members of the public to trust us with information.

“People should come forth with information that can help us apprehend these culprits, and we promise that every information given to us will be treated with a high level of confidentiality.”

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