Tragedy struck in Igarra, headquarters of Akoko-EdoSeveral persons including policemen were killed during a bank robbery at Igarra, headquarters of Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State, on Wednesday when a gang of armed robbers invaded a bank (Names withheld).

The robbers killed security guard at the bank before gaining entrance to the place as they shot sporadically into the air.

The robbery operation, which lasted for about one hour, according to eye witnesses began about 6am and lasted till around 7am while the policemen on ground ran for cover because of the firepower of the robbers.

Scores of passersby were wounded by the armed robbers' bullet while some were killed.

“The robbers were heavily armed, there was no way the police could face them. The little they could do was to exchange shooting for some minutes after which the police ran for cover,” an eyewitness said.

When contacted, Edo Police spokesman, Stanley Osifo, said he was on his way to the crime scene alongside the police commissioner.