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Gunmen kill two navy officers, 26 others in Rivers

No fewer than 28 persons were feared killed in Rivers State yesterday. A community source said that 16 were shot dead in Aluu, nine in Omagua and three in Isiokpo, all in Ikwerre local government area. The source said two naval officers, a police inspector and a nursing mother were among those killed.

Chairman, Ogbakor Aluu, Mr Benson Gershon, confirmed the incident in his Aluu community.

The Chairman, who said he was in a meeting at press time, said the gunmen stormed the community shooting sporadically.
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The incident sparked tension in Aluu, Omagua and Isiokpo communities with residents fleeing.

Caretaker Committee Chairman of Ikwerre local government area, where the communities are, Mr Sam Wonosike, could not be reached on phone.

Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ahmad Muhammad, had said before news of the incident filtered into Port Harcourt, the state capital, that he was out of the state on a 21-day assignment. His deputy, ASP Grace Koko, simply declined to comment on the development.

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