Gunmen bomb Nigerian police facility, set inmates free in Anambra

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Gunmen bombed the Ihiala Police Divisional Headquarters in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State, south-east Nigeria.

It was gathered that the attack happened on Wednesday at about 3:00 a.m.

The gunmen were said to have thrown improvised explosive devices into the facility, which razed a building inside the station.

Mr Okafor said it was later in the morning that they realised that the attack was carried out at the police facility.

The police spokesperson in Anambra State, Tochukwu Ikenga, confirmed the attack in a statement on Wednesday.

Mr Ikenga, a deputy superintendent of police, said some police operatives engaged the gunmen in a shoot-out during the attack and subsequently recovered one Ak-47 rifle.

He said no life was lost in the incident and that the gunmen “escaped the scene due to superior fire” power of the operatives.

“Unfortunately, the explosives the gunmen threw inside the police station building had already ignited a fire and affected the building,” he said.

The police spokesperson, however, said the fire had been put off.