Eight armed hoodlums have been killed by Joint Security Operatives on Thursday night after they resisted an attack on Orlu Divisional Police Headquarters in Imo state from unknown gunmen.
Seven exotic vehicles were also recovered from the hoodlums that came in for the operation.
The gun battle it was learnt between the gunmen and the security operatives lasted several hours, as the military sent reinforcement from the 34 artillery brigade, Obinze, in Owerri.
A resident of the area who preferred not to be mentioned told our correspondent that “we slept with our hearts in our hands last night”.
He said an Armoured Personnel Carrier was allegedly set ablaze at Umuna junction in Orlu town.
The Police Spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, could not be reached but a senior police officer confirmed the development to our correspondent.
The senior police officer told The PUNCH that the corpses of the hoodlums and their vehicles had been brought to the state police command headquarters in Owerri.
He disclosed that the police divisional headquarters was not razed neither did any security officer killed in the attack.