Gunmen stormed a police station in Nigeria’s southeastern Imo state in the wee hours of Thursday and abducted a police officer, a police official said.
Orlando Ikeokwu, a police spokesman, said two police officers were also injured in the attack in Mbaitoli local government area.
Ebikam Nokey, a community leader, said the gunmen managed to free several suspects from the police station.
Nwachukwu Nnmeribe, a local resident, said policemen on duty engaged the attackers in a gun duel, but they were overpowered by the gunmen who had sophisticated weapons.
This came a few days after 1,844 inmates escaped in a jail break in the Imo state.
The police blamed the attacks on the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) but the group has distanced itself from the attacks.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.