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Gunmen kill 20 in Abia, Ebonyi



… Four travellers killed, others injured in Jos

UNKNOWN gunmen went on rampage in Abia and Ebonyi States, yesterday, in a killing spree that claimed over 20 lives with many others injured apart from properties destroyed.

  While an unspecified number of people were shot dead when the assailants invaded a popular cattle market in Omumauzor, Ukwa West Local Government Area of Abia State, four policemen were gunned down in a checkpoint in front of Ezillo Police Station, along Enugu –Abakaliki Expressway in Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

  Eyewitnesses said they saw more than 15 corpses after the invasion of the newly constructed cattle market where many people sustained different degrees of injuries during the stampede that ensued.

  But security operatives have been deployed to the area to maintain peace.

  Residents also said the policemen who were killed by the gunmen in Ezillo were attacked when they stopped a Toyota Hummer bus conveying their assailants who opened fire on the officers.

  Confirming the Ebonyi attack, Spokesperson of Ebonyi State Police Command, Loveth Odah, said the remains of the three police victims have been deposited in a mortuary in Abakaliki.

  Similarly, at least four travellers were killed and many others injured when bandits attacked an inter-state commuter bus around Bida Bidi Junction in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State, yesterday.

  The vehicle conveying the travellers was burnt down by the hoodlums.

  Residents said the bus was travelling to Kano State but was blocked by hoodlums who swooped on it and started macheting the passengers.

  According to them, those who survived the attack had been taken to Bingham Hospital, Jos, for treatment.

  Spokesman of Plateau State Police Command, Uba Gabriel, confirmed the incident, but said only two people died in the attack.

  He also said that police have swung into action to restore law and order around the area.

  Also, six persons died with several others injured after an Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) planted along Gamboru-Ngala road in the Ngala Local Government Area of Borno State by suspected members of Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) exploded and wrecked carnage around the area.

  A humanitarian worker said the first incident involved a commercial pickup vehicle in which three persons died on the spot while another IED killed two members of local vigilantes who arrived at the scene to offer assistance for the injured victims.

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