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Gunmen strike again in Anambra, kill Policeman and motorcycle rider


Another gun battle has been reported in Anambra state at the Assemblies of God Church, Oguta road Onitsha – on Sunday, just days after a previous incident killed dozens in the state.
The recent attack was launched at policemen who were guarding the church premises during Sunday service.
A policeman was killed in the gun battle and a motorcycle rider was also hit. His passenger sustained injuries.
An eyewitness said the gunmen had stopped at the church, but on sighting some policemen, opened fire on them.
“When the firing became too hot, the policemen abandoned their patrol vehicle and ran away for safety. The gunmen moved to their patrol van and took a gun belonging to the policeman they killed. I saw two of the gunmen but I can’t say how many they are in number,” the source said.
Garba Umar, the Anambra State Commissioner of Police confirmed the incident and said it wasn’t an attack on the church, but on his men.
“My men were on patrol near the church when they were attacked by some gunmen. It was not an attack on the church, in the real sense of it,” he said.
The killed policeman’s rifle was also stolen by the assailants.
“Gunmen on Okada (motorcycle) shot a policeman and collected his rifle. They also shot dead an Okada man while escaping, and the passenger he was carrying was injured. The policeman was the one armed among his colleagues; they were providing security while church service was going on at Assemblies of God Church, Oguta road Onitsha,” another source said.

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