Assailants had been closely armed with assault weapons, rocket-propelled grenades, and improvised explosive units.
Attackers armed with machine weapons and rocket-propelled grenades have launched a collection of coordinated assaults in southeastern Nigeria, releasing greater than 1,800 inmates from a jail.
The assaults started at roughly 2am Monday in Owerri, a city within the state of Imo, and lasted for about two hours, based on native resident Uche Okafor. Gunmen additionally assaulted different police and navy buildings, authorities mentioned.
“Efforts are in prime gear to re-arrest the fleeing detainees,” mentioned Nigeria jail spokesman Francis Enobore, including that 35 different inmates stayed behind in the course of the jail break.
The coordinated assaults come lower than two weeks after one other wave of violence in southeastern Nigeria, when a minimum of a dozen safety officers had been killed throughout assaults on 4 police stations, navy checkpoints, and jail automobiles.
There was no speedy declare of accountability, however the Nigeria inspector common of police blamed the the Indigenous Folks of Biafra (IPOB) and its Jap Safety Community (ESN), a paramilitary wing of the secessionist motion lively within the area.
“Preliminary investigations have revealed that the attackers… are members of the proscribed Indigenous Folks of Biafra,” mentioned Frank Mba, a spokesman for the Nigeria police pressure.
‘Not our mandate’
The IPOB has mentioned it’s combating to guard the Igbo individuals from international armed invaders, however the group denied it was behind the jail assault.
“IPOB and ESN weren’t concerned within the assault in Owerri, Imo state. It isn’t our mandate to assault safety personnel or jail amenities,” a IPOB spokesman mentioned in a cellphone name with Reuters information company.
Police mentioned the assailants had been closely armed with assault weapons, rocket-propelled grenades, and improvised explosive units in the course of the violence.
“The try by the attackers to realize entry to the police armoury on the headquarters was completely and appropriately resisted,” a police assertion mentioned.
A number of police stations have been attacked in southeastern Nigeria since January, with giant quantities of ammunition stolen. No teams have claimed accountability for the assaults.