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Two soldiers attached to the 14 Brigade, Ohafia, Abia State, were killed by unknown gunmen who attacked their outpost at the Aba main motor park along Asa road.

A civilian, suspected to be a keke operator, also lost his life in the incident which occurred at about 8 pm.

The attack is coming months after a military outpost at Ngwa road by No.1 Port Harcourt road, Aba, was attacked, with no life lost. The gunmen were repelled by other soldiers at the outpost, but they made away with the weapons of the deceased soldiers.

One of the soldiers died on the spot, while his colleague was declared dead at the hospital where he was rushed for medical attention.

Shop owners at the Asa Road/Park Road/Milverton Avenue junction reported hearing rapid gunfire as the gunmen took the soldiers by surprise. The situation caused panic at the adjoining Milverton Avenue, which is the hub of luxury bus transport business in Aba, as motorists and passengers scampered to safety.

Business owners around the General post office opposite the military outpost also abandoned their wares as soldiers took over the area.

A luxury bus transport operator said they could not load passengers going to Lagos and other parts of the country as they were not allowed to return to their loading bay. As at the time of filing this report, movement of vehicles has been restricted between the main motor park and Bata Junction, which hosts another military outpost, forcing motorists to abandon the Bata to Park axis of Aba-Owerri road for alternative routes to other parts of the city.

“Only women are allowed to walk through the military barricades with their hands raised”.

Efforts to get the reaction of the Army Public Relations Officer, PRO, 14 Brigade, Ohafia, Lt. Omale Innocent, were unsuccessful as he was yet to respond to messages sent to his mobile number.

An official of the Abia State government, who declined to have his name because they were not authorized to speak on the matter, assured that the state government was doing all it could to restore calm in the area

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