Gunmen Attack Imo Community, Kill Many
Gunmen have again attacked another community in the state, killing some persons and injuring others.
Many residents of Etekwuru community in Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State on Wednesday had to depart in their numbers as armed men in motorcycle convoy invaded the community and allegedly killed many and damaged houses.
The traditional ruler of the community, Eze Kenneth Okereke, confirmed the attack, saying “Yes, my community was attacked by gunmen and I will speak on it later. I am at the police station for now,” he said when contacted.
Eyewitnesses said the attackers were demanding that the villagers should vacate.
According to a witness, “They were shooting everywhere as they entered different sections of the village. We cannot have the exact number of people dead or injured or the number of houses damaged.
“As you go you will see some people lying down and many houses destroyed. Tomorrow, we will know the extent of the damage and the number of deaths.
“We will also know the number of the houses destroyed. As I am talking to you, many people have fled the village into the bush and they sleep there. I don’t think they will come back for now.”
Imo’s oil communities have been under attacks by unknown gunmen for the past few months.
Police authorities in the state have refused to comment on the incident as of the time this story was published.
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