No fewer than 11 persons have been reportedly killed in a gun duel between soldiers and gunmen on Tuesday night.
Witnesses say, the soldiers acting on intelligence, ambushed the gunmen.
While some reports have it that 16 persons were killed, among them two soldiers, a military source said 11 of the gunmen were killed while there was no causality on the side of the army.
The relative peace enjoyed in the South East of Nigeria has been in last months been disturbed by acts of violence against policemen and installations.
Some police officers have been killed and police facilities destroyed by gunmen who cart away rifles in similar attacks around the South-east and South-south regions, giving the impression that the attacks may have been coordinated.
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