By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa- Four persons were killed while several others sustained gunshot injuries Wednesday night in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, in renewed violence reportedly unleashed by suspected cultists.
The violent attack, which occurred in the densely populated Ekeki suburb of Yenagoa at 7pm, caused pandemonium as residents scampered for safety. Reasons for the attack could not be ascertained.
It was gathered that some youths suspected to be cultists, armed with the deadly AK-47 rifles, in mafia-styled operation, drove into the Ekeki suburb, host to the major motor park in the state capital, and started shooting sporadically.
Two persons were reportedly killed on the spot while two others sustained serious injuries and later gave up the ghost at Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, where they were taken for treatment.
The sound of gunshots that shattered the night forced most of the relaxation spots and retail outlets within the vicinity of the attack to hurriedly shutdown.
Motorists approa-ching the Ekeki suburb of Yenagoa on Chief Melford Okilo Road, were forced to turn back and drive against traffic. Others abandoned their vehicles and took to their heels for fear of being caught in the cross fire.
The timely interven-tion of men of the Joint Task Force for the Niger Delta, codenamed Operation Restore Hope and the police preven-ted the situation from deteriorating further.
Three suspects were reportedly arrested by the security operatives.
Contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Eguavoen Emokpae, confirmed the incident.