Two soldiers were killed and two others injured by suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, during a Sunday night attack on security facilities and correctional centre in Owerri, Imo State capital.
According to a report by Dateline Nigeria, the attackers also damaged four Hilux vehicles and an armoured personnel carrier, APC, the sources said.
The gunmen earlier freed inmates from the correctional centre and attacked the building housing the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID.
Reports said over 1500 inmates escaped from the detention facility after it was breached by the assailants. But the officials of the Nigerian Correctional service are yet to speak about the attack.
Residents said the suspected IPOB members operated for over two hours before leaving the scene in a convoy of vehicles, comprising buses and cars.
But military sources disclosed that as the gunmen were retreating through a different route from the one they came from, they raided military checkpoints along the way and killed two soldiers.
“The soldiers were on duty at the checkpoints along Onitsha Road when the gunmen opened fire on them.
“They killed two soldiers and burnt the remains of one the soldiers. They also injured two other soldiers.
“In the same attack on the checkpoints, they destroyed four Hilux vehicles belonging to the military,” the source disclosed.