Police station razed, suspects freed in another attack by gunmen

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Hoodlums numbering more than 100, many of them carrying guns, attacked the Bende Divisional Police Station in Abia State on Wednesday night.

They burnt down the station, freed suspects in custody, razed the station’s generator house and a multi-purpose building belong to the Bende local government council, on whose secretariat is located opposite the attacked station.

Vehicles and motorcyles parked in the premises were also torched.

Two policemen were shot. There was no report of any death.

Recounting how it happened, police spokesman in Abia State Superintendent Geoffrey Ogbonna, said: “They (attackers) burnt two vehicles, including the Divisional Police Officer’s Highlander Jeep (SUV), and three motorcycles, parked at the station.”

“We do not know yet how they all gathered to execute the attack at the station.

“Maybe they parked their vehicles away from their target and walked through footpaths to the place.”

He said the command had embarked on full investigations into the incident and other recent gunmen attacks in different parts of the state.

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