Gunmen burn down another police station in Imo, free detained suspects

The attack continues a trend of assaults on police facilities in the southeast region.

Police officers reportedly ran for their lives when the facility was attacked by gunmen (image used for illustration) [New Dawn Nigeria]

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A group of gunmen have attacked a police station in Imo just a day after a similar attack on the headquarters of the state's Police Command.

The attackers set the Divisional Police Headquarters, located in Ehime Mbano local government area of the state, on fire on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

They also freed suspects who were detained at the facility, according to media reports.

"No casualty on the part of police, no loss of arms but three vehicles were burnt in the process," spokesperson of the Imo State Policie Command, SP Orlando Ikeokwu, told the News Agency of Nigeria about Tuesday's attack.

A police constable sustained a minor gunshot wound during the previous attack on the headquarters in Owerri on Monday, April 5.

The attackers set dozens of cars on fire and also freed 1,844 inmates at the Owerri Custodial Centre.

President Muhammadu Buhari described the twin attack as an act of terrorism and directed security and intelligence agencies to fully mobilise and 'go after the terrorists'.

The Nigeria Police Force has blamed the separatist group Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for the attacks.

The group was designated a terrorist organisation by the government in 2017 after its members were involved in tense standoffs with Army troops.

The group's Eastern Security Network (ESN) has been the alleged perpetrator of a string of attacks on security forces that have left dozens of officers dead in the southeast region over the past few weeks.

IPOB spokesperson, Emma Powerful, has strongly distanced the group from the attack.

He said IPOB was formed on the principle of peace and would not compromise its principles.

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