Two police officers attached to the Ebonyi State command were on Monday hospitalized following injuries they sustained when they were attacked by a mob at a scene they went to provide security.
Also, they were dispossessed of their service AK-47 rifles.
The two officers whose names and ranks could not be immediately ascertained, it was gathered, were attacked at Amofia Ngbo, Ohaukwu local government area of the state.
The officers had gone to the community to arrest a man who stabbed another man for demanding to be paid money owed to him when they were surrounded by members of the community who refused to allow them effect the arrest of the suspect.
A witness who spoke in confidence to PREMIUM TIMES said the police officers insisted the suspect must be arrested and swooped on him.
Another source said following the attack on the police officers, stern looking police officers in large numbers stormed the area in the late evening and started destroying things.
He disclosed that houses were razed in the police reprisal attack.
When contacted, Police spokesperson, George Okafor, confirmed the incident to our correspondent.
He said the police officers attacked are responding to treatment and that their AK-47 rifles snatched were still missing.
Mr. Okafor said some arrests had been made in connection to the incident.
Meanwhile, members of the community have fled following the reprisal attack.