Four policemen dead, 2 injured in botched Bullion van heist

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A bullion van in Ebonyi state has been attacked by gunmen killing four policemen who were escorting the vehicle.

It was gathered that the gunmen tried to intercept the bullion van at Ezzamgbo Junction, in the Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state while transporting money from Enugu State to Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital.

The gunmen in a bid to intercept the van first fired at the escort van conveying the policemen. Four of the police officers were killed in the process while two sustained injuries.

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Ebonyi State Commissioner of Police, Philip Maku, who confirmed the incident said the robbers were not able to loot the van as the driver managed to manoeuvre the van out of the area.

According to him, the robbers trailed the van from Enugu state.

“They damaged one of the tires of the Bullion van but the driver was able to escape with the van. They could not chase the van as the driver was driving towards the Military checkpoint ahead”

The CP said the two injured Policemen have been taken to hospital for treatment while the deceased have been deposited at the mortuary.

Maku said the Police have launched a manhunt for the fleeing robbers.