Gunmen In White Buses Kill Soldiers, Civilian In Ebonyi


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Two soldiers and a civilian were shot dead at a checkpoint on the Timber Junction area in the Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State on Monday night.

It was learnt that some other persons were injured in the incident and were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Vanguard reported that the incident occurred at 8:48 pm, and the two soldiers were shot and their rifles carted away while their colleagues scampered into the bush for safety.

A resident disclosed that the assailants arrived the scene in a white bus.

The soldiers were said to have stopped the bus for checking, but the assailants immediately opened fire on them.

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“It’s a very sad situation here. They said it was people suspected to gunmen, who came to the checkpoint at Timber Shade (boundary Ehugbo and Amasiri) in white bus.

“As usual, it appeared the military were checking them and all of a sudden, they opened fire on them. Two of the military men, a man and woman, died. Others ran away.

“The area is as quiet as the graveyard. These bordering villages used to be very busy and people here are farmers and traders. But the moment that happened, people started going home. Nobody is seen outside as I speak to you. Every place is calm. There is fear here now. My brother, the world is about to end,” the source said.

The Ebonyi State Police Command has yet to confirm the incident.

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