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Tension in Rivers as police begin search for stolen AK47 rifles

By Tamuno Terry

Monday May 10, 2021

 

The police have launched a desperate search for eight AK47 rifles stolen by gunmen that killed seven of their operatives in Rivers State at the weekend.

A situation report showed that eight rifles were snatched from victims of the attack, which occurred at two police checkpoints and two divisional headquarters.

At the C4I checkpoint at Choba where the gunmen killed an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and an Inspector, two rifles were snatched with a patrol van set ablaze by the bandits.

At the checkpoint in front of the Rumuji Divisional Headquarters, where the armed men beheaded another ASP and an Inspector, the police lost two AK47 rifles.

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A special constable was said to have escaped with a bullet that hit his chest at the Rumuji checkpoint.

The gunmen further stole four AK47 rifles when they attacked the Elimgbu Division where they killed two ASPs and an Inspector.

It was gathered that the disturbed Commissioner of Police, Eboka Friday, had deployed a special tactical team to locate the hideouts of the fleeing gunmen and retrieve the rifles.

The team was said to be combing the waterfront, bushes surrounding the state capital and the border communities for the gunmen.

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