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Gunmen attack bullion van, kill policeman, driver in Ondo

The police also confirmed the killing of the bullion van driver and a police officer during the attack.

The attack occurred on Wednesday evening in the Costain axis of the commercial town of Ore, Odigbo Local government area.

The attack occurred barely two weeks after a bullion van was also attacked in the Emure-Ile axis of the state by suspected armed robbers.

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“The dare-devil armed robbers opened fire on the bullion van which was carrying an undisclosed amount of money and the police escort car,” said a witness. “The bullion van driver and a policeman were shot dead in the process while the undisclosed amount of money in the bullion van was carted away by the gunmen after the attack.”

Confirming the attack, police spokesperson Funmilayo Odunlami said the police were on the trail of the assailants.

She added that investigation had begun, urging residents with useful information to assist the police in the investigation that would lead to the arrest of the assailants.

“Yes, I can confirm to you that the driver of the bullion van and a police officer died in the attack, but the police have launched their investigation to trail the gunmen,” Ms Odunlami disclosed. “We urge residents who have concrete information to come forward. We do not need them to drop their names but give us useful information that will lead to the arrest of the gunmen.”

She, however, noted that the corpses of the victims had been deposited at an undisclosed hospital morgue while those that sustained injuries were given necessary treatment.

The attack was the third in six weeks, leaving no fewer than four policemen killed. 

In May, unknown gunmen, suspected to be armed robbers, attacked a bullion van at Elemosho along the Akure-Ondo expressway in Ondo East local government area, carting away with an undisclosed sum of money.

A month after, two people died in a bullion van-car collision.

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