Michael Chukwuebuka, Reporting
GUNMEN have attacked and killed four operatives of the Anambra Vigilante Services, bombing the secretariat of Ihiala Local Government Area of the state.
The incident occurred on Thursday January 12 at about 2:00a.m.
Stonix News gathered that the gunmen, after killing the vigilante operatives, beheaded one of them.
Undone, the gunmen also threw Improvised Explosive Devices into the secretariat which destroyed the properties, in addition to about five other buildings in the area.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, confirmed the incident.
Ikenga said police operatives were alerted, and when they arrived at the scene, one of the gunmen was neutralised.
“Following the police/military operations ongoing in Ihiala and its neighbouring town, the operatives, responding to a distress call at about 2:55 am, today 12/1/2023 of an attack on Ihiala local government headquarters.
“The police neutralized one of the attackers, recovered two locally made IED launcher, seven undetonated IEDs, 40 pieces of live cartridges, 15 live 7.62MM Ak47 ammunition, knives, charms, and other weapons.
“The attackers had already murdered three vigilante operatives on duty, beheaded one and set five buildings ablaze with IED and petrol bombs.
“The joint force operatives engaged the arsonist/attackers, and obstructed them from causing further damages, while some escaped with bullet wounds.
“The bodies of the victims were recovered and joint operations are still ongoing. Further development shall be communicated, please,” the police statement read.