Two policemen were killed when armed men in the early hours of Saturday set ablaze the Umuguma Divisional Police Headquarters in Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State.
The attack came a few hours after the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of zone 9, Umuahia, Isaac Akinmoyede, left the state after a one-day working visit.
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It also happened a few days after two warders who were part of a Joint Security Task Force were killed when gunmen attacked their patrol vehicle in Okigwe.
It was gathered that the gunmen had on arrival blocked the roads leading in and out of the station division, including the one close to the local government headquarters.
They thereafter launched the attack on the station by throwing Improvised electronic devices into the buildings.
It was further gathered that after setting the station on fire, they waited to attack officers who ran out for safety.
An eyewitness said the two policemen, unfortunately, ran into the rain of bullets.
Their names were given simply as Ifeanyi and Iyke.
They were said to be undergraduates of the Imo State University, Owerri.
The spokesperson for the police in the state, Micheal Abattam, was not available for comments.