Soldiers during an encounter in Aba, allegedly killed unidentified hoodlums wearing black attires.
An army official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The PUNCH that the event happened Tuesday evening.
According to the source, army got information that “the hoodlums were going to attack one of our locations.
“We actually placed our men on red alert and they came numbering between 79 to 100 and all in black. They met resistance.”
The source disclosed that pump action guns, sharp cutlasses and live catridges were recovered from them.
The source disclosed that about 11 hoodlums were killed in the gun battle, while there were no arrests.
It was gathered that soldiers of the 144 Battalion, were stationed at Ariaria junction along the Enugu–Port Harcourt Expressway, where the confrontation happened.
This incident came 48 hours after three policemen were ambushed and murdered by hoodlums in Abiriba, in Ohafia council area of the state, The PUNCH reports.
According to a source, as soon as the gunmen arrived, they opened fire, but the soldiers responded.
The gun duel was said to have lasted for over 30 minutes, while other members of the gang reportedly fled with bullet wounds, while there was no casualty on the side of the army.
Efforts to get the state Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi Kalu, and the state Commissioner of Police, Jane Agbede, to react proved abortive.