There was tragedy in Okigwe town in Imo State as two prison officers lost their lives after they were attacked by yet-to-identified gunmen.

THE VENT REPUBLIC reports that the incident happened at the Umulolo session of the town early Wednesday morning, causing panic in the area.

According to reports, the prison officers were ambushed by their attackers with a source telling PUNCH that:

“Two Hilux vans of officers of Imo correctional center were on Wednesday morning attacked by gunmen at Umulolo Okigwe.

“Their attackers threw dynamites on their vehicles. Two officers were killed on the spot while others were rushed to the hospital. While one Hilux van was destroyed by the dynamite the other was not affected.

“The unaffected van has been rescued and returned to base at the command’s headquarters in Owerri. The officers are attached to Operation Search and Flush established by the Imo state government to deal with crimes in the area.“They took off from Owerri in the morning and on reaching Okigwe, the gunmen who were laying siege ambushed them.

”The spokesperson of the Imo State Police command, Goodluck Uboegbulem, when contacted by PUNCH correspondent said: “We are still accessing the situation. If you can call me later I will be able to give you the full details.”