A Captain, who was a part of the Joint Task Force set up to battle militants in Lagos and Gun States, Operation Awatse, was among the seven soldiers and policemen killed by militants who stormed Ikorodu in Lagos State on Saturday night.
Information available to us has it that the Divisional Police Officer for Ikorodu, whose name could not be ascertained as at press time, was also critically injured and is in the hospital.
Sources told newsmen that the militants laid an ambush for the soldiers and policemen, who were on their trail, and opened fire on them as they approached.
It was gathered that the militants had kidnapped someone in Owutu area of Ikorodu.
On getting the distress call of the kidnap, the team, operating in one of the vehicles of the Lagos State security outfit, the Rapid Response Squad, went after the kidnappers.
Obviously sensing that they would be trailed, the kidnappers laid an ambush for the security team and opened fire on them.
Five policemen and two soldiers were killed on the spot.
The DPO was lucky to have survived but is in critical condition, The Eagle Online learnt.
The patrol vehicle was also set ablaze by the militants.
It was still in flames as at press time.