Gunmen suspected to be armed robbers have reportedly killed five persons including three policemen and kidnapped another in Enugu State.
The two other persons were reported to be civilians.
The incident happened at New Haven area of the Enugu North Local Government Area of the state capital on Wednesday night.
Sources told our correspondent on Thursday, that the attack occurred around 10:30 pm in front of St. Francis Supermarket at Block Bus stop.
The gunmen who were believed to be armed robbers were reported to have stormed the area and engaged the policemen on stop-and-search duty in a gun duel.
“Unfortunately, three policemen were overpowered and shot dead. The hoodlums also took away their guns and abducted one person,” one of the sources said.
Another source said that two civilians caught during the gun duel were also among the people killed, while the hoodlums reportedly abducted one man.
However, unconfirmed report has it that the two civilians that were reportedly killed were gunmen that succumbed to the police gunfire.
A security alert sent out by nearby residents read: “It happened at block bus stop in front of frank supermarket.
“Three policemen down already. Guys for our information, incase we still dey outside avoid new Haven.
“Two battered police men are still lying lifeless here.”
The message was accompanied by a video which showed the dead policemen inside the gutter.
Meanwhile, efforts to get reaction of the Police Public Relations Officer, Daniel Ndukwe, were unsuccesful as he could not be reached as phone indicated switched off.