In renewed onslaught, terrorists operating in gangs unleash mayhem in Nigeria, murder 16 persons across three states of the South-East yesterday, 26 April 2021.

The murder of 16 persons by terrorists took place in Anambra, Imo and Ebonyi.

Nine lives were wasted in Anambra and five in Imo as violence escalated since January in the hitherto peaceful region.

Imo and Anambra States were the worst hit with 14 of the deaths recorded in Okigwe and Awkuzu respectively.

The remaining two murders occurred yesterday in Afikpo Local Government Area (LGA) of Ebonyi State.

In Anambra, the palace of a traditional ruler was set on fire, while in Imo, a State Commissioner was shot and wounded.

Two fierce gun battles took place in Imo and Anambra where 14 persons lost their lives, according to media reports.

A terror gang engaged officers of the Okigwe South Police Area Command at Orieagu, Ehime Mbano LGA in a battle that left six dead.

Villagers ran into the bush when the battle was joined, only to return and count six policemen among the dead.

The terrorists also visited and carted away arms and ammunition from the police armory, witnesses said.

Police spokesperson, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the attack. He however said five policemen were killed while one is still missing.

In Anambra, a State Government spokesperson confirmed that nine persons were murdered at Uzo Nkwo, Awkuzu in Oyi LGA.

Information and Public Enlightenment Commissioner, Chief C. Don Adinuba, said the terror gang was from out of state.

Witnesses said the community put up a fight that led to the fatalities, with several persons maimed and injured on both sides.

“The State Government has already taken some measures to fish out those who perpetrated the dastardly killings,” Adinuba said.

In Ebonyi State, terrorists also attacked a detachment of soldiers at a security check point at Amansiri in Afikpo North LGA.

Authorities are yet to confirm the incident, but reports say two soldiers were murdered while others got wounded.

Casualties rise daily as terror gangs encircle Igboland to kill police and citizens, seize weapons of war, and burn buildings.

Terrorists operating in gangs unleash mayhem in Nigeria and the South-East, murder 16 persons across three states yesterday, 26 April 2021.

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