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Three die, others injured in suspected cult shootout

Tragedy as three people reportedly died in a shootout by suspected cultists at a drinking bar in Agbarho, Ughelli North council area of Delta state on Sunday evening.

WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that several people reportedly sustained varying degree of injuries and they are currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.

It was also learnt that several youths had gathered to celebrate the birthday of a young lady (name withheld) at the bar that fateful evening.

According to report, four unidentified boys invaded the bar with guns and opened fire on the group including the celebrant who was allegedly shot on both legs while the celebration was ongoing.

It was also learnt that three victims of the attack were reported to have died at the scene of the incident, while others who sustained wounds, were rushed to a hospital.

According to a source, “A girl was celebrating her birthday in the bar when the boys, about four of them, entered the place with pump action and shot at the people. The guy who sponsored the party was shot in the stomach, while the girl was shot on her legs.

“Three people died instantly. The others were rushed to a clinic. We don’t really know why it happened, but might be all those their cult fights. The bar is kind of enclosed, that is why people could not really run away.”

Reacting to the incident, the Delta State Police Command confirmed the incident on Tuesday.

Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, said, “actually, I got a report that some people went to the bar and opened fire. As a result, one died in the bar. While two others were taken to the hospital, one died on the way and the other died in the hospital. Then two others sustained injuries and were taken to the hospital.

“Three actually died and we are hunting for the perpetrators. It’s more like a cult-related issue, but we are not going to narrow our scope. We want to know the motive and those perpetrators. We are working hand-in-hand with some well-meaning members to get information.”

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