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Residents of the SKD Boulevard in Congo Town, outside Monrovia, had sleepless night when they were awakened early Tuesday morning to repeated sound of automatic rifles.

 “There were sporadic shooting in the community Tuesday morning; we were terrified by the intermittent gun sound,” Janet Brown, a resident of SKD Boulevard said.

Another resident, a father of three children, who spoke with The NEWS on the basis of anonymity, explained that the shooting, which lasted for several minutes, was an apparent gun battle between the police and some armed robbers in the SKD community.

He disclosed that armed robbers have in recent time stormed several homes in the area.

The man claimed that recently a group of armed bandits stormed an apartment building belonging to one Jarbo, near Christ Faith Temple Church and made away with several valuables.

Another resident, Matthew Foday, said they are living in fear because armed robberies have increased in the Boulevard.

Foday, an elderly man, noted that armed robbers are taking advantage of the lack of police presence in the community and pleaded with authorities of the LNP to maintain a patrol team in the community, especially at night.

Police Spokesman Sam Collins confirmed the shooting incident but requested our reporter to suspend the story, because according to him, the Director of Police would address a press conference today although he had earlier disclosed that several persons were arrested, but declined to say who they were and for what reasons.