Gunmen on Monday night shot at least seven persons dead in Orogwe community in the Owerri Local Government Area of Imo State.
Community sources who did not want to be mentioned told the Punch that while seven persons had died other victims were rushed to the Emergency Unit of the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, the state capital.
According to them, trouble started after security operatives suspected to be members of Ebubeagu Security outfit came to the village and whisked a youth away.
Some gunmen in retaliation stormed the community and began shooting sporadically.
One of the sources said, “Ebubeagu people came and took away a youth from the community. On Monday night, some men with guns came to the community and stormed a building site and opened fire. Seven persons died while others wounded were rushed to the FMC Owerri.
“An okada man who was driving through was caught in the crossfire. He was rushed to the FMC Owerri emergency unit where medical personnel are battling to save his life and others. This is so unfortunate. The community is in panic. People are running away,” he said.
The police spokesperson for the state command, Micheal Abattam had yet to confirm the incident as at the time of filing this report.