The Rivers State Police Command has confirmed the death of two of its men who were shot Tuesday night alongside three others at the Harbour road end of Port Harcourt.
State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ben Ugwuegbulam who confirmed the incident, however, declined further comments on the issue.
He said five persons including two females were shot dead same night by suspected hoodlums, adding that investigation was on to track down those behind the killings.
Sources told Vanguard that one of those shot dead was a repentant militant, adding that the killings occurred about 11pm on the fateful night.
It was learnt that the assailants swooped on a vehicle conveying the two policemen and three others, and opened fire on them.
The sources said the assailants pumped several volleys of bullets into five of them in the vehicle to ensure they were dead before leaving.
Meanwhile, residents of Harbour road area of Port Harcourt where the killing occurred are now reportedly said to be living in fear following the manner of the murder.
They said: “We just can not explain what informed the killing. All we saw was a group of boys who surrounded a vehicle and killed all the passengers on the spot. We are all living in fear now in this part of Port Harcourt.”
Two weeks ago, three other boys were shot dead by suspected cultists on Bonny Street in Port Harcourt.
A resident of the area said he escaped death by the whiskers the day the incident occurred, as he was close to the scene of the killing.