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Nigeria’s police on Tuesday said they have launched an investigation into the killing of two policemen by suspected gunmen in the southeastern state of Anambra.

The policemen were shot dead on Monday at Oraifite, a town in Ekwusigo area of the southern state, said Haruna Mohammed, spokesman for the police in Anambra.

Several other policemen were macheted by the attackers, Mohammed told reporters in Awka, the state capital.

The police suspected members of the outlawed secessionist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), of being responsible for the attack, he said.

“As soon as police arrived at the house of the suspect, armed men, suspected to be IPOB members, descended on the police, set ablaze one patrol vehicle and attacked them with rifles and machetes,” Mohammed said.

John Abang, the state’s police chief, told Xinhua the area had been cordoned off as policemen intensify the search for the perpetrators of the dastardly act to bring them to justice. Enditem

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