From Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa


Gunmen on Saturday attacked a police checkpoint in Bayelsa State killing one policeman and injuring others.

The incident which occurred at Banga camp, a suburb of Famgbe community in Yenagoa Local Government, has heightened fears in the area.

Investigations revealed that the gunmen struck the police team which was on a stop-and-search operation following a spike in violent crimes in the state.

The police were said to have engaged the gunmen in a gun battle to repel the attack, forcing the attackers to escape into the bush.

A police source who confirmed the incident, said while one policeman was killed, another officer and a child who were hit by bullets were rushed to a nearby hospital.

He said policemen had launched a manhunt for the fleeing hoodlums.

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