Gunmen allegedly in security uniform set houses, shops ablaze in Imo

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BY MAYOWA SAMUEL

Uba Group

Gunmen said to be in security uniform have set ablaze houses and shops in some parts of Izombe in the Ogutal local government area of Imo State.

An eyewitness from the area disclosed to a local news media that the incident started from 4:30 pm till 7:30 pm in Izombe.

The eyewitness told the news outfit that some of the locations where the attacks took place included; Central market, Amamuruegede, Eziama, Umuakpa, and Eke-well among others.

Another eyewitness said, “We saw men in a security uniform. They came in with about eight security vehicles fully armed. They drove in at about 4:30 pm.

“When we saw them people were afraid. As it was getting dark, all of a sudden they shot in the air and people started running. They went straight to some selected houses and shops and put fire on the buildings. They burnt more than ten houses,” he explained.

He continued: “As I am talking to you now, many people have abandoned their houses and fled into the bushes. Some of us don’t know the whereabouts of our children and wives. By tomorrow, we will come out and know the level of damage they have done. Till now, we don’t know the sins we have committed that we deserve this kind of attack.

As at the time of filing this report, the reason for the attacks was not yet known while the security outfit known to use such uniform was yet to be ascertained.

The Imo state Police Public Relations Officer, Micheal Abattam, was yet to respond to the incident as at the time of filing this report.