Joint security operatives on Thursday night killed no fewer than eight hoodlums after they resisted an attack on Orlu Divisional Police Headquarters in Imo state from unknown gunmen.
Also, the joint security operatives recovered seven vehicles the attackers came in for the operation.
Punch gathered that the gun battle between the gunmen and the security operatives lasted several hours, as the military sent reinforcement from the 34 artillery brigade, Obinze, in Owerri.
The gun duel created an atmosphere of panic, as people scampered for safety, as the Roads in Orlu town and its environs were deserted.
A resident of the area who preferred not to be mentioned told a Punch correspondent that “we slept with our hearts in our hands last night”.
He said an Armoured Personnel Carrier was allegedly set ablaze at Umuna junction in Orlu town.
He also disclosed that one of his cousins was hit by a stray bullet.