By Esther Nworie
Unidentified gunmen Wednesday attacked a bullion van at Ezzamgbo Junction in Ohaukwu Local Government of Ebonyi State and killed four policemen escorting the vehicle to Abakaliki the state capital.
The van was moving money from Enugu to one of the commercial banks in Abakaliki.
It was gathered that the hoodlums attempted to intercept the bullion van at busy Junction where the state government is currently building flyover, and killed the police officers.
The armed robbers in a bid to intercept the van and cart away the money in it, first fired at the escort van carrying the policemen before hitting on the bullion van tire.
Four of the police officers were killed in the process while two sustained degrees of injuries.
It was gathered that the gunmen who operated with two cars after the attack and failed, headed back to Enugu.
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Contacted, Commissioner of Police in the state, Philip Maku confirmed the incident.
He said the robbers trailed the van from Enugu state.
He said the robbers were not able to loot the van as the driver managed to drive the van out of the area.
“They damaged one of the tires of the Bullion van but the driver was able to escape with the van. They could not give chase to the van as the driver was driving towards the Military checkpoint ahead”
The CP said the two injured Policemen have been taken to hospital for treatment while the deceased have been deposited at the mortuary.
Mr Maku said the Police have launched a manhunt for the fleeing robbers.
Correspondent reports that the ongoing construction at the Ezzamgbo Junction led to steady traffic jam which gave the robbers opportunity to attack the van.