Gunmen have reportedly killed seven local security guards on duty at Umuafom, Orogwe in Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State.

The gunmen, who invaded the area on Monday, also wounded wo other residents whose condition are said to be critical in the hospital.

A source from the community told The Nation that the gunmen, who came in two vehicles and a bike rider atround 9 30 pm, took the guards unaware and shot them in separate locations.

He said: “While four of them were said to have been shot dead at a building close to a hospital,the other three were shot at a new building in the area called Corpers lodge.”

“Two others also fell victim to the gunmen while trying to run for safety. One of the victim, a commercial motorcyclist, was shot in the leg and his bike dispossessed him. He is said to be receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre,(FMC) Owerri,while the other victim was given a machete cut.”

There is a panic in the community following the attack as some of the residents are temporarily leaving their abode for safety.

Imp police spokesperson, Michael Abattam confirmed the incident.

He however he said he could not ascertain yet if those killed were security guards.

He assured that the police were already on the trail of the suspects as he pleaded with the community to remain calm.and not panic.