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Three persons have been reportedly killed by suspected cultists who attacked Opuoko and Lumene communities in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State on Sunday.

The suspected cultists were also said to have attacked the houses of the council chairman and youth leader in the area during the invasion that happened around 6.30am.

Confirming the attack, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, said one person was killed in Opuoko while two other victims were killed in the Lumene community.

According to Omoni, two suspects, Damwua Karagbara, 33, and Prince Dinee, 23, were arrested by the police, who came to rescue the situation, adding that the suspected cultists took to their heels on sighting security personnel.

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The police spokesman added that assorted phones and military camouflage were recovered from the hoodlums.

Omoni said: “Today (Sunday), August 18, 2019, around 6.30am, information got to us that a group of cult boys invaded two communities in Khana, where they attacked and killed one person in Opuoko and two in Lumene.

“Altogether, three persons died. The houses of the local government chairman and the former youth leader came under attack. The attackers, on sighting the police, took flight, but were chased and two of them were arrested, while the trail for the others is still on.

“The two suspects are Damwua Karagbara, alias Spider, 33, and Dinee Prince, 23. Exhibits recovered from them include assorted phones and military camouflage.”

According to him, calm had returned to both communities, adding that the state Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Dandaura, had ordered an investigation into the incident with a view to ascertaining the remote and immediate causes of the attack.

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