No fewer than three people have been killed and several others wounded including a police officer, after unknown gunmen, numbering about 12 stormed a Zenith bank branch, on Wetheral Road in Owerri, Imo State..
Eye witness accounts say the armed robbers, invaded the bank at about 2:00 pm on Wednesday after the robbers reportedly trailed a customer to the bank, but policemen suspected the movements of one of them, when he entered the premises.
The robbers then shot sporadically into the air to scare customers away after over-powering the security operatives on duty.
The men were also said to have carted away a yet to be disclosed amount of money.
So far, three people who are yet to be identified, have been confirmed dead after the operation which lasted several hours.
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Confirming the incident in a telephone chat, the Imo State Police Public Relations Officer Andrew Enwerem, said:
“The operation is ongoing now (at 3p.m.). I am not at the scene of the operation, but I can confirm that police has gunned down some of the hoodlums.”
According to him, one of the armed robbers who was shot by the police, as well as other people who were wounded at the scene, have been transferred to the Federal Medical Centre Owerri for immediate treatment.
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