Unknown gunmen on Thursday set ablaze houses, shops Central market, Amamuruegede, Eziama, Umuakpa, and Eke-in Izombe in the Oguta local government area of Imo state.
Eyewitness account said the incident started around 4:30 pm and lasted till about 7:30 pm.
Fedredsnews is yet to confirm the identities of the attackers or the reason (s) behind the dastard act.
Vanguard reports that an eyewitness said he saw men in security uniform who came in about eight security vehicles fully armed around 4.30pm.
“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 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.”
At the time of filing this report, the Imo state Police Public Relations Officer, Micheal Abattam, was yet to respond.