Two policemen were shot to death by suspected armed robbers during an attack on the Okene branch of First Bank on Friday.

Eyewitnesses said the robbery suspects, numbering about five, invaded the premises of the bank at about 8.55a.m. and shot sporadically into the air to scare away workers and customers.

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About five policemen on duty were said to have responded swiftly by engaging the invaders in a gun duel at the end of which two of the policemen were felled.

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The incident disrupted commercial and other activities in and around the Old Prison Junction area where the bank is located.

Police Public Relations Officer in Kogi, Mr Shola Adebayo, said one of the policemen was killed on the spot while his colleague died on the way to hospital.

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He said the police had started trailing the robbers as investigation into the attack had commenced.