Insecurity: Troops eliminate 3 gunmen in gun duel

•As one soldier dies during shootout

The high command of the Nigerian Army on Saturday said that the Troops of sector 5 of Exercise Golden Dawn deployed in Enugu, have neutralised three gunmen who attacked a Nigerian Police checkpoint along Okija-Onitsha expressway on Friday.

This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen Onyema Nwachukwu.

According to the statement, the gallant troops engaged and overwhelmed the gunmen with superior firepower, forcing them to flee the scene while the troops, however, gave them a hot pursuit, and engaged the gunmen in a gun duel.

It explained further that the three gunmen, who drove in two Vehicles (a hilux and hummer bus) eventually succumbed to troops’ effective firepower while others fled with gunshot wounds.

The statement added the gallant troops also recovered one vehicle and two motorcycles, while conducting further exploitation of the general area for the fleeing terrorists.

It lamented that unfortunately, a soldier died, in the line of duty, for his country.

It pointed out that the Chief of Army Staff commended the troops for the feat and urged them to sustain the momentum against all criminal elements operating in the region and as well sympathised with the family of the fallen hero and prayed for the repose of his soul.

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