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Published On: Thu, Jul 31st, 2014

15 feared killed as gunmen attack Rivers communities

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About 15 persons were feared killed in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State by some gunmen who attacked the community yesterday.

The gunmen, numbering about 12, stormed seven communities in the local government area and opened fire on unsuspecting persons.

Sources said the assailants, who were all armed with AK-47 rifles, rode into the area with six motorcycles and operated from 9pm on Wednesday till the early hours of Thursday.

According to a source, while three persons were shot dead in Ede, one of the communities in the area, one person lost his life in Obite.

In Egite community, two persons were killed by the trigger-happy gunmen while two others were injured.

The source told newsmen that four persons were shot at close range in Egita community while one also died in Obiosimiri community during the raid.

“In Akabta community, the gunmen killed one person and injured an undisclosed number of people. So far, 15 persons were killed during the night raid by the gunmen.

“They (gunmen) began their operation at about 9pm on Wednesday night till early this (Thursday) morning. As I speak with you, some of our people, who were injured, are in the hospital,” the source from Egi clan in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni added.

The State Police Commissioner, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin, confirmed the attack but said only eight people were killed, adding that investigations into the killings had begun.

 

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