Gunmen have killed an unknown number of police officers and set their vehicles on fire in Anambra State.
Many police officers were also injured in the shooting incident on Thursday evening, October 7, 2021, at a security post set up by operatives in Okija, Ihiala Local Government Area of the state.
According to a source, "around three police vehicles were also set ablaze."
As of the time of filing this report, other details about the attack, such as the attackers' identities, are still unknown.
The attack is the most recent in what appears to be an increasing trend of attacks on police stations and security personnel in the south-east.
Photo file: Commercial bus attacked by unknown gunmen.
To "fight escalating instability," the governors of the region recently announced the formation of a combined security force dubbed "Ebube Agu."
The Nigerian government attributed the attacks to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its security wing, the Eastern Security Network (ESN), which the secessionist organization denies.
The fresh attack on security agents came a few days after the Nigerian Army launched a new operation codenamed Exercise Golden Dawn in Enugu State. The new operation was launched to tackle insecurity in the South East and foster military-civilian relationships in the region.
Some Nigerians have condemned the military for launching the new operation in the South East region.
In my opinion, the continuous attacks on security agents and public buildings by unknown gunmen justify the need for a military operation in the region.
The insecurity in the south-east is worrisome and alarming. The rampaging gunmen have caused a lot of damage in the region and they are relentless in their efforts to destabilize the south east.
The people of South East must support the Nigerian Army and other security agencies in the fight against unknown gunmen terrorising the region.
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