As Army Loose Two Soldiers With Five Gunmen Killed In Military Checkpoint In Anambra State
By Charles Edet, NationalDetective Magazine – November 13,2002
The Police Spokesperson in Anambra State Command has confirmed the report of an attack by suspected gunmen at a military checkpoint in Isuofia, Aguata Local Government Area; the hometown of the incumbent Governor, Chukwuma Soludo.
National Detective Magazine learnt that that the unidentified gunmen whose numbers were not confirmed, were many in numbers when they attacked the military checkpoint located at the Afor-Uzo Junction in Isuofia on Saturday morning.
According to eyewitnesses who declined to be mentioned said, Combined Security Operatives at the checkpoint, who were at alert, gallantly and fearlessly countered the gunmen in a fierce gun engagement which resulted to the death of two Army personnel and five of the attackers dead.
Police Spokesperson Tochukwu Ikenga revealed that two soldiers died and five of the gunmen were neutralized during the encounter.
Community Sources reported that the unknown gunmen gained access to Isuofia community via a direct entrance from the Umuona Community also in Aguata local government area.
The source said the gunmen attacked the soldiers, killing two of the personnel, which triggered the anger of the military to launch massive attack on the aggressors by giving them a chase of their life and neutralised five of the gunmen.
Sources within the government of Anambra averred that the government of the state is determined to unrelentingly deal with the issue of unknown gunmen by continuously aligning with Security operatives in state to end the night mare unleashed by gunmen in the state.
Another source revealed that the Army and the police are more at alert as they were the first targets of the gunmen and will put in their best to resist them.
The joint security force in the state as in other parts of the country are made up of the military, police, Air Force, navy and other paramilitary security agencies.