Three police operatives were on Wednesday night killed when gunmen attacked them at New Haven, Enugu North Local Government Area of Enugu State, Nigeria’s South-east.
The incident happened at about 10:15 p.m. at a bus stop in the area.
The gunmen were said to have opened fire on the operatives, who engaged the hoodlums in a shootout.
The incident caused fear among residents of the area.
A witness, who has a photo studio close to the scene of the incident, and asked not to be named, told Premium Times that the gunmen appeared to have targeted the police operatives.
“They were three police officers (that were killed), but we saw only two bodies. They said one was taken to the hospital,” he said.
The police spokesperson in the state, Daniel Ndukwe, confirmed the killing of the three officers on Thursday morning.
He said the operatives were driving in patrol van when the gunmen -operating in a Lexus SUV – suddenly attacked them.
He said three of the operatives sustained “severe gunshot wounds” and were rushed to a hospital for treatment.
“The three operatives (were) later confirmed dead at the hospital, “he said.
Mr Ndukwe, a deputy superintendent of police, said an “intensive manhunt” had been launched to track down the fleeing suspects.”
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