Several shops and houses were razed on Thursday when gunmen invaded Izombe, a community in Oguta Local Government Area of, IMO state South-east Nigeria.
The gunmen were said to have attacked the community at about 4:30 p.m.
The attack lasted for over two hours.
A resident of the area, Chijioke Kelechi, told this Beadysworld that the gunmen wore security uniforms.
He said the gunmen arrived in the community in about eight vehicles causing residents to flee.
“Suddenly they started shooting sporadically and all of us ran for our dear lives,” he said.
“They set houses and shops ablaze, about 10 or even more.”
He said the gunmen appeared to be targeting specific houses and that they were also looting some shops.
“We have all run away. We are scared they might come back and kill us,” Mr Kelechi added.
He could not confirm if any resident was killed in the attack.
A video clip and photographs of some of the shops and houses razed by the gunmen have gone viral on social media.
some shops and houses were in flames, with residents struggling to put off the fire.
“It is not easy for us now,” a voice is heard in the background. “They broke people’s shops and carried their goods.”
When contacted, the police spokesperson in the state, Michael Abattam, promised to respond to enquiries about the attack.
He was yet to do so at the time of filing this report.
Like other states in the South-east, security has deteriorated in Imo State.