Gunmen yesterday evening engaged policemen in a gun battle, after a successful robbery operation in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The armed men numbering about four, robbed a supermarket situated along Sangana Street, in the state capital, and carted away an unspecified amount of cash, phones and other valuables.
According to eyewitnesses, the four gunmen, carried out the operation about 5:25pm, unchallenged. They said what attracted the attention of two policemen, in mufti, was the alarm raised by one of the salesgirls.
One of the sources said a gun duel ensued, causing people in the vicinity to scamper for safety.
He said the shoot-out lasted for about 15 minutes. He expressed surprise that notwithstanding the policemen’s shots on target, no bullet hit any of the robbers, as they escaped through the railway axis.
Sunday Sun learnt from one of the salesgirls, who was in shock, that they were robbed at gunpoint.
“As I was counting the money, they came in, and one of them pointed a gun at me and took the bag containing the money,” she sobbed.
A fashion designer’s shop located at the end of the street was riddled with bullets, during the exchange of gunfire between the policemen and robbers.
Police, armed robbers in gun duel in Port Harcourt
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