JUST IN;Three persons reportedly shot dead as masked gunmen invade community

Panic as hooded gunmen kill three during village invasion

JUST IN;Three persons reportedly shot dead as masked gunmen invade community

Unknown gunmen have reportedly killed three villagers of Agbada Nenwe, Aninri local government area of Enugu State during their recent invasion of the community.

The victims, according to the Daily Trust, included Hillary Uche, a popular dealer on block and cement at Orie Agu, Emulemoke Agbada Road; one Kingsley, a machine parts dealer at signboard area of the village and another young man popularly known as FM.

The incident, which happened Saturday morning, saw the gunmen locating the deceased in their houses and shops and killing them instantly.

While Kingsley and FM were said to have been dragged out from their homes in Amagu Agbada Nenwe to the village square, where they were killed, Hilary was said to have been killed inside his own shop at Orie Agu.

It was further gathered that the hoodlums set a house ablaze after a futile search for another target.

The killings had thrown the community into panic and mourning, as young business owners were said to have started fleeing.

A source in the village said: “My brother, some unknown gunmen entered my village and brought out Kingsley and FM and dragged them to the village square where they killed them.

“Nobody knows who the people are. Some came in motorcycles while some of our people said some of them came in a vehicle.

“Everyone is afraid of even going out. There is panic everywhere. This kind of thing has never happened before here.

“One of the persons they killed, Mr Hillary, was shot three times in his shop at Orie Agu Nenwe. All of those unknown gunmen wore masks, suggesting that they may have come from around us here.”

Police spokesman in the state, Daniel Ndukwe, confirmed the incident and said a manhunt for the assailants had since been launched.

He said: “Discreet investigation and manhunt operation are underway to fish out the yet-to-be identified armed hoodlums said to have shot and killed three male victims, in the wee hours of 09/09/2023, at Agbada Village square, in Nenwe community of Aninri Local Government Area.

“Further development shall be communicated accordingly, please.”

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