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Herdsmen shoot dead ASP on rescue mission in Delta

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An unidentified Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) has been shot dead by suspected herdsmen in Umuachi-Afor community, Ndokwa East Local Government Area, Delta State.

The Delta State Police Command spokesman, Mr. Andrew Aniamaka, confirmed the development on Friday, Vanguard reported.

According to reports, the slain ASP was the leader of a police team on a mission to rescue a kidnap victim in the area on Thursday.

The suspected herdsmen reportedly opened fire on sighting the police rescue team, severely wounding the police officer.

The officer, who was attached to the Ashaka police divisional headquarters, was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he died of his gunshot wound.

“We had a situation where someone was abducted and that took our men into the bush in search of the hoodlums.

“On their way, they were ambushed by the armed herdsmen who, in fact, opened fire on the police rescue team. In the process, the ASP was hit by bullets,” Aniamaka was quoted as saying.

The police spokesman declined to name the affected officer, saying that his family had not been informed.

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John is a University of Lagos-trained journalist. His views are always the end products of a deliberate search for information and knowledge. He has read almost every novel written by Chinua Achebe, Jeffrey Archer and Dan Brown. He is an expert Scrabble and draughts player who is also excellent at swimming. If you know the capitals of 45 African countries by heart, then you are exactly like him.

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