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Suspected drug peddler, one other killed in Bayelsa renewed cult war

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Two persons  including a suspected drug peddler were, yesterday, killed and many others injured in renewed cult war in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital between members of the Bobos and Iceland cult groups.

It was learned that the killings, which started in the early hours of the day at the OMPADEC area of the state capital, spread to other parts of Amarata suburb with residents scampering for safety.

A resident told Vanguard that the killing of the suspected drug peddler at the OMPADEC area at about 3 am by suspected Bobos cult members might have triggered the anger of the Icelander boys allegedly in control of the area.

The deceased suspected drug peddler, who some person claimed do not belong to either cult group, was reported to have had a verbal altercation with some unknown persons at a popular bar in Amarata area during a birthday party.

He was trailed to his house and shot twice before he was dealt machete cuts.“We heard a gunshot fired at about 3 am,” a source said.

In retaliation, the Icelanders reportedly invaded the Ebis Mechanic base of the Bobos and shot dead a boy known as Peter in broad daylight.

They also dispossessed residents of mobile phones and other valuables at gunpoint.

The reason for the escalation of hostilities among the two rival cult groups remained unknown, but a possible explanation would have been linked to the first killing.

The spokesman of the Bayelsa State Police Command, Asinim Butswat, who confirmed the renewed cult clash in the state capital, said only one person was killed along with the Ebis Mechanic Area with operatives of the ‘A’ Divisional headquarters investigating and searching for the deceased family.

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