Some unidentified assailants attacked a security patrol near Nkwo Market, Umunze in Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State on Wednesday, killing some soldiers.

It was gathered that the soldiers were patrolling in a Sienna vehicle around the area when they were attacked by the hoodlums, sending residents of the area into a panic.

During the attack that occurred close to a new generation bank in the area, some civilians were also said to have been killed by stray bullets.

This is as the governor of the state, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, condemned the killings, vowing to do everything to ensure that the perpetrators are arrested and prosecuted.

Although no official casualty figure has been given by relevant authorities, eyewitnesses disclosed to journalists that about five soldiers and two civilians were killed in the incident.

Meanwhile, Soludo lamented that the soldiers were ambushed on a routine patrol at Umunze by yet-to-be-identified gunmen.

A statement made available to journalists by the governor’s Press Secretary, Mr Christian A burime, indicated that Soludo vowed to apprehend the perpetrators, adding that there was no hiding place for them.

The statement quoted the governor as saying, “We condemn this wicked and cruel attack in the strongest terms. The perpetrators of this act must pay. We are not going to rest on our oars, including those people that attacked Senator Ifeanyi Ubah and the rest. There will be absolutely no hiding place for them.

A senior police officer around the locality said, “It was a terrible moment. I was told the military men were moving in their vehicle when the assailants struck along that Umunze -Umunneochi Road around 2pm.”

Another eyewitness, who was at the crime scene said, “Nobody saw any sign of the presence of those criminals; what we heard were gunshots. Some of us who were close to the bank ran for our dear lives. The criminals took the soldiers unawares, the reason they got about five of them in that vehicle.”

Going forward, our actions will show as these people must surely pay for this heinous and repulsive attack.”

Confirming the incident, the state police spokesman, Tochukwu Ikenga, who did not disclose the number of casualties, said there were shootings in Umunze.

Ikenga said the details had not been received, adding that the incident happened between 12 and1.30pm.

He said the command had deployed security operatives to secure the area, vowing that those responsible for such an act would be apprehended.


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