A yet-to-be identified soldier has been killed by gunmen during a shootout with Nigerian troops in Ebem, a community in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State, Nigeria’s South-east.
The incident happened at about 5:02 p.m. on Wednesday near a motor park in the community, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.
The slain soldier, serving at the 14 Brigade Headquarters of Goodluck Jonathan Barracks in the council area, was said to have gone into the community on a motorcycle to buy provisions when the gunmen attacked him.
Sources said the soldier sent a signal to the Brigade when he noticed that the gunmen were trailing him, prompting military authorities in the Brigade to deploy troops for a rescue mission.
A video clip of the shoot-out has gone viral on social media.
In the clip, seen by PREMIUM TIMES, sounds of gunshots could be heard repeatedly in the background.
Some residents were also heard screaming in fear.
A resident of the area, Chukwuma Egbuma, told PREMIUM TIMES that a team of soldiers who arrived at the scene engaged the gunmen in a shootout, killing two of them at a spot.
“The army people came and started shooting at the gunmen. Two of the gunmen died instantly. The gunmen also killed one soldier,” he said.
Mr Egbuma, however, could not say if the slain soldier was the one initially attacked by the gunmen.