Suspected cultists have killed six persons in Awka, Anambra State, South-east Nigeria.
The incident happened on Saturday when rival cult groups clashed along popular Zik Avenue in the state capital. The suspected cultists were said to have engaged in a shootout for several hours which forced residents to scamper for safety.
Residents said the groups appeared to be in a supremacy battle.
It is not clear, for now, if the victims were members of either of the cult groups.
However, there are fears that those killed were passers-by caught by stray bullets during the shoot-out by the rival cult groups.
The Police spokesperson in the state and a deputy superintendent of police, Mr Ikenga said police patrol has been intensified in the area due to the incident. He did not however confirm the death of the six victims.
“One person was whisked away and later his lifeless body was found along Abba/Ifitedunu Road,” he said.
The police spokesperson said three persons have been arrested by the police in connection with the incident.
Mr Ikenga said the police had launched operations to track down other fleeing suspects.
The Nigerian government has accused the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra of being responsible for the deadly attacks in the region. But the group has repeatedly denied involvement in the attacks.
The separatist group is leading agitation for an independent state of Biafra which it wants carved out from the South-east and some parts of the South-south Nigeria.