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Gunmen kill 15 in cold blood in Port Harcourt

Posted by Gunmen killed 15 in cold blood in Port Harcourt on 2007/07/07 | Views: 2540 |

Gunmen kill 15 in cold blood in Port Harcourt

Blood flowed in Mile One, Diobu area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, on Sunday night, when unknown gunmen shot randomly in the street, killing 15 people in cold blood. Among those killed were two ladies and an elderly man, while about 20 others, who were badly injured, have been hospitalized.

At press time, it was not clear where the gunmen came from or who they were, but eye witnesses told Daily Sun that they first came to Elechi Beach Street, in Diobu, in an unmarked Mercedes Benz car from where they drove to No.1 Abakiliki/Ojike Street, where they shot and killed three young men. In Abakiliki Street, relatives of the victims, told Daily Sun that Ikuroa Briggs and Biobele Princewill had gone to visit their friend, Dokubo Grandvill, when the gunmen opened fire on them without notice.

It was further gathered that the gunmen drove to Njemanze Street, where they shot two persons to death, including an elderly man. In Okija Street, the hoodlums killed a lady and two men. The yet-to-be identified lady, was killed inside her dark blue 504 Peugeot car, with registration number, Rivers AV 270 PHC at No 2, Okija Street, while the two men, identified as Ifeanyi, a welder and Clement Nwene, were killed a few blocks away.

Another lady, whose name was simply given as Rose and two men said to be Hausa were killed in Gambia Street, near Okija, while some other victims were said to have died at Teme Clinic where they were taken for treatment.

Following activities of militants, living in Port Harcourt has become risky as hoodlums are fast changing the metropolis from its Garden City status to a city of blood. Concerned residents are expressing worry over this development. According to them, there is hardly any day that passes without one form of killing or another in various parts of the city.

The residents said that the killings had become so rampant that human lives seemed to have lost value in the city. They said that the current killings took a different dimension, as no rival group seems to be fighting with each other.

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