By Emma Amaize
THE people of Irri community in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State woke up, yesterday to be confronted with the death of five villagers, including a woman and her daughter, in a renewed violence by armed youths over leadership crisis.
It was gathered that a faction involved in the leadership crisis went on a reprisal attack on Sunday night over the killing of their member, recenty.
It was gathered that the youths shot throughout last Sunday night, causing panic in the night and were practically unchallenged by security agents.
The faction loyal to an incarcerated chief went after the opponents, who they suspected masterminded his imprisonment.
Source said about two of the victims were killed at a drinking parlour, along Uzzi Road between 10 and 11pm, while the others were killed in a spontaneous reaction.
Irate by the alleged killing of the members of one of the factions, suspected community youths, according to sources were said to have mobilized at dawn to neighbouring community, Oleh, where they allegedly killed the mother of the suspected mercenaries. They also shot his junior sister on the buttocks.
Several other persons, it was learnt were injured and rushed by nearby hospital. One of those rushed to Oweh Clinic in Oleh was later confirmed dead, yesterday.
Caretaker Committee chairman of the troubled community, Johnmark Odhigbo, who accompanied the police to deposit the corpse of the deceased victims, however, confirmed the killing of five persons but declined to give further details.