No fewer than 11 persons have been reportedly killed in a gun duel between soldiers and gunmen on Tuesday night.
The attack on the army checkpoint is coming two days after three policemen were killed by unknown gunmen in Abiriba, Ohafia Local Government Area of the state.
The gunmen said to be numbering 50 stormed the popular Ariaria junction on the Enugu/Port Harcourt Expressway at about 8:30 Tuesday night, ostensibly to attack soldiers stationed in the area.
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.