About four policemen and some unidentified persons were reportedly shot dead on Wednesday evening when gunmen attacked a checkpoint in Obeagu-Amechi community in Enugu South local government area.
Apart from the security operatives, many residents and passersby who ran into the scene were either killed or wounded by stray bullets in the ensuing gun duel.
The policemen were said to have repelled the attack but there were casualties from both sides.
According to eyewitnesses, the attack which started about 5:30pm on Wednesday at a busy spot at Mmiri Ocha Amodu lasted till 7pm.
A source said he identified four policemen, one pastor and a neighborhood watch officer among the dead who were taken to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku – Ozalla mortuary.
When contacted, the police spokesman in Enugu, Mr Daniel Ndukwe said “Information surrounding the shooting incidents in the evening hours of today, 21/07/2021, where Police operatives were allegedly attacked by yet-to-be identified gunmen at checkpoints in Obeagu-Amechi in Enugu South LGA and Amagunze in Nkanu East LGA are still sketchy.”