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12 Killed Including Policeman in Attempted Bank Rubbery in Edo

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Not fewer than 12 persons, including a policeman, were reportedly killed when armed men suspected to be robbers, invaded Igarra, headquarters of Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo state, on Thursday evening.

The suspected rubbers were said to have attempted to rob the two banks in the town; Unity Bank and Keystone Bank and in the process killed 12 persons in the town, DAILY INDEPENDENT reports.

It was gathered that the armed men had first attacked the police station which is about 1.2 kilometre from the banks apparently to demobilise the only means of neutralising their act where they burnt the official vehicle of the newly posted Area Commander and killed a policeman and two detainees who were said to have been arrested on Thursday morning for minor offences; one of them was reportedly arrested for incomplete vehicle particulars.

Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor, has not release any information about the attack, said its still sketchy and would release more details later.

Three other persons near the police station were also reportedly killed.
least four other persons were reportedly killed within the premises of the two banks apparently in anger as it was gathered that the armed men could not get access to the vault of the banks.

One of the youths in the community, Ofei Obende, said they tried to resist the robbers but were overpowered by their firepower, adding that the police in the banks had exchange of gunfire which he said was responsible for the death of the three unidentifiable bodies.

He said another unknown person was caught in the cross fire and could help police in their investigation.

The Palace Secretary to the paramount ruler of the community, Otaru of Igarra, Elder Folorunsho Dania confirmed the incident to our reporter on the phone.

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