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Gunmen kill police inspector in Rivers ambush attack

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Gunmen in Wednesday killed a police inspector in an ambush attack in Rivers State.

The spokesperson for the state police command, Grace Iringe-Koko, confirmed the incident in a statement on Thursday in Port Harcourt.

She said the gunmen who were in a carton-coloured Sienna bus with tinted windows opened fire on the operatives and fatally wounded the inspector at the Eliozu Flyover in Obio/Akpo Local Government Area of the state.

One of the attackers was also killed in the ensuing gun duel at the scene.

The statement read: “We are deeply saddened to announce a heinous incident that occurred on 21st February 2024, involving an attack on policemen attached to Operation Sting of the Rivers State Police Command.

“At approximately 2145hrs, while conducting routine stop-and-search at Eliozu flyover, the officers were ambushed by unidentified hoodlums operating in a carton-colored Sienna bus, with fully tinted glasses.

“The registration number of the vehicle remains unknown at this time.

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“The assailants drove in from the Rumuodumaya axis, and opened fire on the police team, resulting in the tragic loss of one Inspector who valiantly gave his life in the line of duty.

“Undeterred, the police team responded with bravery, engaging the attackers and managing to neutralise one of them with a mask on his face, while the others managed to escape, potentially sustaining gunshot wounds.

“The command has launched a thorough investigation into this despicable act and has already identified the group responsible.

“Rest assured, we will relentlessly pursue these criminals and bring them to justice. No amount of intimidation will hinder our officers’ unwavering commitment to safeguarding the lives and property of the citizens.”

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