Some yet-to-be-identified assailants have attacked a bullion van in Ufuma, Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
It was gathered that the incident happened late Thursday as the bullion van was conveying cash to an undisclosed location.
The assailants were said to have trailed the bullion van and its security operatives to the rural community of Ufuma and opened fire on the truck and security men accompanying it.
An eyewitness said, “It happened on Thursday at about 5pm, and there was serious shooting in the area.
“All the residents of the community fled while security operatives attached to the bullion van battled the armed robbers. The police were able to stop them from succeeding.”
Confirming the incident, the state police Spokesperson, DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, said the event happened at about 4pm, but the armed men were eventually repelled.
Ikenga said a Lexus jeep and a highlander jeep belonging to the robbers were recovered, adding that items recovered included one empty magazine, defaced bulletproof vest, charms, and some incriminating items.
“Operatives attached to the bullion van gallantly repelled the attack. The incident happens at about 4pm in Umunebo junction, Ufuma.
“The Commissioner of Police, CP Echeng Echeng, has since ordered an immediate manhunt on the attackers. The operational vehicles belonging to the armed robbers have been recovered,” he added.