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Soldiers of 14Brigade attached to the Headquarters of 144 Battalion, Ukwa West Local Government of Abia State, have killed one out of five members of an armed robbery gang terrorizing visitors and residents of Aba, the commercial nerve of Abia State and its environs.
They were reportedly killed by personnel of 144 Battalion stationed at the popular Ariaria junction army outpost.
It was gathered that one of the gang members who sustained bullet injury was rushed for treatment in an undisclosed medical facility in the state.
Other members of the gang including the injured member have been handed over to the police for continued investigation.
A military source who confirmed the incident, but refused to be mentioned disclosed that the incident happened at about 6am.
According to the source, the gang which operated in a commercial bus refused to stop when the soldiers at the outpost flagged them down, but instead, they bagged into the military barrier.
It was gathered that the soldiers having sensed danger, engaged the gang, killing one and injuring another.
Other members of the gang who tried escaping were subsequently arrested.
Items recovered from them include ten different mobile phones suspected to have been snatched from the owners and three locally made pistols.
The source said that the gang have been responsible for snatching and robbing visitors and residents of their valuables.
“The gang refused stopping when the soldiers flagged them down, but instead they charged through the barricade which forced the soldiers to engage them, killing one and injuring another.
“Others arrested including the injured have been handed over to the police for continued investigation as army don’t have the power to prosecute,” said the military source.