An inspector attached to Orsu Police station in Imo Police was killed on Thursday during a heavy bombardment during a gun duel with hoodlums.
The hoodlums, who stormed the police station around 9.35pm, threw explosives and petrol bombs on the roofs of the police station, causing a fire outbreak which damaged vehicles parked in the station.
Imo Police spokesman, CSP Michael Abattam, in a statement on Friday said three of the bandits were also killed in the crossfire.
He said: “The command’s tactical teams on ground engaged the bandits in a gun duel. And due to the superior firepower of the police, the bandits were subdued.
“Three of the bandits were neutralised and their guns, one pump action gun, and two locally-made double barrel pistols were recovered while others escaped into the bush with bullet wounds. Unfortunately, a police inspector lost his life in the attack.”
He appealed to Orsu community to assist the police with credible information that will lead to the arrest of the escaped bandits and to report any person seen with or treating bullet wounds.
He also advised hospitals to report any person who comes to them for treatment of bullet wounds.