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Nine killed in Anambra as cult groups clash

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No fewer than nine persons were killed on Sunday in Awka the State capital as rival .

It was gathered that the fracas started brewing during the state’ s annual cultural festival , known as ‘ Imo Awka ’ which was celebrated the penultimate week.

According to a source , who pleaded anonymity , the cult groups had threatened to attack themselves during the festival over undisclosed reasons.

The source said , ” The reasons for the cult killing and counter-killings were not immediately ascertained but lifeless bodies of people alleged to be cult members liter different quarters in Awka eliciting tears from families of victims.

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“ Four were killed around Eke Awka , three killed around Nkwelle Awka , while one was killed around Regina Caeli Hospital Awka

“ On the Imo Awka festival , two cultists were fighting in front of Isiagu junction , Amikwo , Awka and threatening themselves .

The police in the state confirmed the incident, saying that those involved in the killing would be brought to book.

A statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer in the State , Haruna Mohammed read in part, ” The Command has embarked on an aggressive manhunt for the perpetrators of these dastardly acts following actionable intelligence received about their hideouts .

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“ So far over eleven notorious confessed suspects have been arrested by both the Special Anti Cult Unit and the special Anti- robbery Squad.

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