Lagos - A policeman was killed and another injured in a foiled robbery operation at Diamond Bank, Iju branch, in Lagos on Thursday.
The Lagos State Police spokesperson, DSP Ngozi Braide, who confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, said that it happened at about 3am.
Braide told NAN that the hoodlums invaded the bank through a nearby filling station on College Road, Iju.
She said that they tied down the private security men on duty, before attempting to blow up the ATM machine.
``The operation was foiled by the timely arrival of a police patrol team policing the area.
``It was a 16-man robbery gang, who attempted to blow up the Diamond Bank ATM machine at Iju.
``As soon as they saw the police team, they opened fire on them, killing one officer on the spot and injuring other.
``The police superior fire foiled the operation and the robbers escaped, with many of them with bullet injuries,’’ the spokesman said.
She said that one AK-47 rifle, with 40 rounds of ammunition, gas cylinder and other equipment were recovered at the scene.
The police spokesman no arrest had been made and appealed appeal to members of the public with useful information on any one with bullet wounds to report to the police.