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Herdsmen ambush police rescue team, kill ASP in Delta

Written by Maritime First

…As Cattle raiders kill at least 20 people in South Sudan***

Suspected herdsmen, have shot dead, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP, at Umuachi-Afor community, Ndokwa East Local Government Area, Delta State.

It was learned that the police officer, who, until his death, was attached to the Ashaka police divisional headquarters, had led a team of police officers in search of the herdsmen who had been terrorizing the area with kidnapping activities when he met with his untimely death on Thursday.

Police Public Relations Officer of the state command, Mr. Andrew Aniamaka, while confirming the incident, said: “We had a situation where someone was abducted and that took our men into the bush in search of the hoodlums.

“On their way, they were ambushed by the armed herdsmen who, in fact, opened fire on the police rescue team. In the process, the ASP was hit by bullets.

Aniamaka, however, refused to disclose the identity of the deceased police officer, saying “His family is not yet aware of the development.”

He said the officer died in the hospital where he was rushed to for treatment. According to him, “There is reinforcement into the bush and we are getting support from the local vigilante team.” 

In the meantime, cattle raiders killed at least 20 people during attacks on livestock camps and a police post in South Sudan, a local official said on Friday.

The attacks took place in Eastern Lakes State on Wednesday and Thursday and were believed to have been carried out by armed raiders from neighbouring Western Lakes State, Eastern Lakes information minister Taban Abel Aguek told dpa.

The raiders first attacked a police post in the town of Yirol on Wednesday, killing three police officers, according to Abel.

They returned to Yirol on Thursday, killing another police officer and 16 civilians, many of them women, children and youths, in an attempt to steal livestock, Abel added.

“We have confirmed 20 dead, the attack ‘barbaric’,” Abel said.

Cattle raiding has occurred for centuries in the East African nation, and children are sometimes abducted during raids to be used as domestic slaves. 

Additional report from Vanguard

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