Two persons, a soldier and a policeman, were killed when gunmen reportedly attacked a military checkpoint in Oton, a suburb of Sapele in Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State, Sunday.

Sources told Vanguard that both men were shot dead when the bandits attacked the military post at the entrance of the community through the river.

A security source, who craved anonymity, told Vanguard that the gunmen exchanged gunfire with the security men on the post “and another batch of soldiers that heard the gunshots moved in to help battle the intruders, as I speak, one soldier has been confirmed dead.”

The attackers were said to have fled the scene and made their way into the creek they came from.

A community source also disclosed that the gunmen stormed the community through the Oton River in Sapele to kidnap some prominent persons in the area.

The sources, however, said the security operatives were repelling the bandits when gunshots from the invading gunmen killed the two operatives.

It was not clear if any of the bandits were killed during the onslaught, which sources claimed had since caused tension in the community as the people are afraid of possible military attack following the massive deployment of men of 19th Battalion Nigerian Army, Koko, to the community.

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