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There was panic in the Orogwe community in the Owerri Local Government Area of Imo State after seven people were shot dead after gunmen invaded the community on Monday night.

Community sources who did not want to be mentioned told reporters 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 the Ebubeagu Security outfit came to the village and whisked a youth away.

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Some gunmen in retaliation stormed the community and began shooting sporadically.

One of the sources said, that Ebubeagu people came and took away youth from the community on Monday night and that some men with guns came to the community and stormed a building site and opened fire.

An Okada man who was driving through was caught in the crossfire and was rushed to the FMC Owerri emergency unit where medical personnel are battling to save his life and others.

A source at the FMC Owerri told newsmen that the emergency unit of the hospital was jam-packed with anxious friends, relatives and well-wishers of the victims and injured ones who had stormed the hospital.

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He said that the hospital had confirmed six dead bodies.

The police spokesperson for the state command, Micheal Abattam, did not pick up his calls when contacted by our correspondent as of the time of filing this report and An SMS was sent to his phone number to confirm the incident was not replied to either.

Another community source reports that the Orogwe community had been deserted on Tuesday as Ebubeagu operatives were allegedly in the community arresting young people.

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