Gunmen have killed no fewer than four soldiers and one civilian at Umunze in Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State.

A source told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka that the incident took place around Zenith Bank axis of Umunze at about 12.40 p.m on Wednesday.

The source, who preferred anonymity, said that the soldiers were driving across when the gunmen opened fire on them, killing four of them.

The source said that a civilian, who was accidentally hit by bullet during the attack, also died, adding that scores of people around the scene equally sustained varying degrees of injuries.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Anambra Police Command, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, confirmed the attack, but refused to comment on the causality figure.

“We received information on the shooting around Zenith Bank axis of Umunze about 12.40 p.m. today, Wednesday Sept. 28,” he said.

Ikenga said that a detachment of police personnel had been deployed in the area. (NAN)