Nosa Eresoyen, Asaba –
No fewer than two persons were reportedly killed in the early hours at Unenurhie community, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State Local Government Area of Delta State when unspecified gunmen allegedly stormed the community.
Eyewitness said the gunmen shot randomly thereby causing pandemonium in the community.
While residents were said to have scampered for safety, it was reliably gathered that the cause of the shooting by the gunmen may have been connected with the deepened crisis between Unenurhie and Uwhere communities in the recent times where scores of persons were reported to have been injured.
Victims of the early morning attack were said to have been hit by stray bullets, and before help could come their way, were feared dead.
But the President-General of Unenurhie community, Edjereki Friday who confirmed the incident on telephone to journalists, said: “our neighbours have done what they intend doing as boasted” disclosing that the two persons killed were hit by stray bullets, while two others were being treated in a private hospital.
“As I speak to you the military/police have taken over the place to rescue my people, the attackers boasted before now that they will revenge and they have done it as they have boasted” he added.
Denying the allegation, the President General off Uwheru community, Chief Ogharivi also said: “The incident has nothing to do with Uwheru community as there is no pointer to the fact that gunmen are from Uwheru, we in the community will do everything possible to work with the police and fish out the culprits and bring them to book”.
When contacted, the State Police command through Mr. Andrew Aniamaka, confirmed the incidence saying that the hoodlums stormed the community in two saloon cars but “as we speak investigation into the incident is ongoing, we will not rest until the culprits are fetched out of their hiding place, and prosecuted”
He said that though investigation was ongoing, strong indications are that the incident is as a result of the spillover of the July clash between both communities.