PHOTOS: Gunmen attack military checkpoints, kill officers in Rivers
Gunmen have reportedly attacked military checkpoints along the Port Harcourt-Owerri road, Ikwerre LGA of Rivers state and killed eight security operatives.
WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that vehicles were also set ablaze during the attack.
According to report, gunmen attacked two checkpoints — one for the Nigeria Customs Service and another manned by officers of the Joint Task Force.
It was also reported that weapons of the security operatives were reportedly carted away by the gunmen during the attack.
Confirming the incident, the police public relations in Rivers, Nnamdi Omoni said the command is yet to establish the number of people that died in the attacks.
“I can confirm the incident, but the casualty rate is not ascertainable yet,” he said.
This is coming hours after the Nigerian army said it killed a deputy commander and six members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), a security outfit of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Imo state.
Mohammed Yerima, army spokesman, had said the joint operation was carried out by officers of the Nigerian army, police, and the Department of State Services (DSS).