Eleven people have reportedly been shot dead in a gun duel between soldiers and gunmen in Abia state on Tuesday night, March 23.
The gunmen, said to number about 50, clashed with soldiers at Ariaria junction on the Enugu/Port Harcourt Expressway at about 8.30 pm. The troops who laid in ambush were said to have opened fire immediately the attackers arrived on the scene.
Earlier today we get a tip-off about heavy security present at Ariaria junction, where some eyewitness said Gunmen Attack Checking Point, Kill Two Soldiers.
However, according to Vanguard, a top military source who did not want to be named said only 11 gunmen were killed while there was no casualty on the side of the army.
“No soldier was killed, but we killed 11 of the gunmen. I assure the public that there was no casualty among the soldiers.”
In reacting to the news, the state goveernment has praised the soldiers for their bravery and emphasized that it is committed to protecting the lives and property of the state’s residents.
Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, said every necessary measure to protect the good people of Abia State is welcomed.