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Five soldiers killed, vehicle destroyed in Anambra

Unknown gunmen killed five soldiers and destroyed their operational vehicle during an attack in Ihiala, Anambra State.

The incident happened last Friday at one of the several security check points on the Owerri – Onitsha Road in Anambra State.

Sequel to the killing of the soldiers, security operatives yesterday blocked the Onitsha bridgehead, disrupting vehicular traffic on the route.

Security men also stopped motorists from Enugu State at the boundary between Anambra and Enugu for stop and search.

Spokesman of the State Police Command, Ikenga Tochukwu, confirmed the attack but did not say how many soldiers were killed.

He said the command was still investigating the matter, adding that at the appropriate time, the public would know.

Meanwhile, Anambra State Government has banned the use of tricycles and shuttle buses between 7pm-6am.

Governor Willie Obiano said yesterday that the decision was part of the efforts to check the security challenge in the state.

The Secretary to the State Government, Prof Solo Chukwulobelu, said shuttle buses were also banned from using tinted glasses

He said: “the earlier ban on the use of motorcycles in greater Onitsha and Awka areas during the day and night, remains in full force. Any motorcycle found within these areas will be impounded and forfeited;

“The use of motorcycles, tricycles and shuttle buses across the state is now banned between 7pm and 6am daily with effect from Saturday 29th May 2021 and for one month in the first instance.”

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