Seven policemen have been killed and many civilians injured when gunmen opened fire on them in Abuja on Monday night.
The policemen were on stop-and-search duty operation at Galadimawa roundabout, a suburb in Abuja.
A resident of the community who prefers anonymity said the alleged armed men were stopped for search by the police when they opened fire on the policemen which led to the death of seven while one was seriously injured.
The gun battle led to many pedestrians and traders around the roundabout to run for safety while many sustained various degrees of injuries.
He said this led to the deployment of more policemen to the community which is close to the ever busy Airport Road.
It would be recalled that the people of Galadimawa have been complaining of lack of security which is leading to constant arm robbery in the area.
The Police in Abuja confirmed the incident and they are working to bring the suspect to book.