Residents of Umuahia, the capital of Abia State, have been thrown into panic as unknown armed men stormed the area, shooting sporadically.
It was gathered traders and motorists in the area took to their heels with their wares to avoid being hit by bullets.
Exact casualties is yet to be confirmed, but a tricycle operator who pleaded anonymity, claimed that two lives, including that of a police officer at the Okpara Square.
He stated that the police officer was killed during a gun duel between the police and the unknown bandits around the busy Okpara Square/Mission Hill road when the gunmen attempted to attack government assets.
More details later.