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Imo State

It’s a black Tuesday in Imo as the burnt bodies of security operatives littered Umualumaku, a community in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area the state.

According to PREMIUM TIMES, the incident happened at about 10 a.m.

The newspaper said that the gunmen ambushed the security operatives, who were driving in two pick-up trucks to an unknown location, and opened fire on them, killing a yet-to-be-ascertained number of operatives.

A resident of the community, Henry Chukwuma, said that the security operatives were members of Search and Flush Team, a combined security outfit in the state comprising soldiers and personnel of the Nigeria Police Force.

Mr Chukwuma, who said the hoodlums killed all the security operatives in the two trucks, could not confirm the number of the operatives killed.

“The gunmen also burnt their corpses. So, nobody will be able to tell how many police officers and soldiers that were killed in the attack,” he said in Igbo language.

A video clip apparently recorded shortly after the attack has been circulating on Facebook and other social media platforms.

In the clip, at least four bodies of the security operatives were in flames.

The two trucks belonging to the operatives were also in flames.

Some residents were heard lamenting the attack and the killing of the operatives.

The police spokesperson in Imo State, Henry Okoye, did not respond to several calls and a text message seeking his comments.

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