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Robbers attack police at checkpoint, kill one and steal their weapons in Northern region

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A female police officer has been shot dead by suspected armed robbers at a checkpoint in the Sagnarigu Municipality of the Northern Region.

She was among three officers stationed at a checkpoint close to fuel filling station.

The three police officers at the checkpoint, a male and two females, were attacked by the robbers who gunned down the female officer before stealing weapons belong to the police.

The incident happened close to the Star filling station around 10 p.m. on Tuesday evening, according to Joy News sources.

The sources said empty shells recovered from the scene of the incident show the robbers used G3 weapons in the attack.

The four robbers, according to Joy News sources, approached the checkpoint in an ash-coloured saloon car and were signalled to stop.

The sources say the robbers who were all armed, dressed in military camouflage and wearing face masks and dessert boots suddenly got down and shot at one of the female police officers killing her instantly.

The other policewoman, in her attempt to take cover, stumbled and fell and her weapon together with that of the deceased were taken by the robbers.

The third officer who had then taken cover fired at the robbers but the robbers managed to escape with the two weapons.

This will be the second time in less than three months a similar attack has happened in the city and guns belonging to the police stolen.

Last Wednesday a resident of Sagnarigu was also robbed at gunpoint at about 9 p.m.

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