Soldiers, last night, seized Auchi in Edo State where robbers, Monday night, used dynamites to blast four banks.
At the end of the robbers’ raid, 15 people, including three soldiers, were shot dead while the robbers went away with N3.5 million.
The blood-letting was replayed inBornoStatewhere five policemen were killed and telecommunication masts in the state destroyed.
Medical Director of Auchi Central Hospital, Dr. Jude Omoregie, confirmed that three dead soldiers were brought to the hospital, Monday night. The soldiers, said to have run into the robbers, were killed before they invaded the banks.
The civilians, however, died through stray bullets in different parts of Auchi. Among the four banks attacked, it was learnt that the robbers succeeded in gaining entrance into only one of them because some of the staff of the bank were still on duty. It was said that about N3.5 million was stolen by the robbers.
It was also learnt that the police put up a resistance which infuriated the robbers who went back to bomb a police station.