Scores of people, including a pregnant woman were feared dead on Saturday night as suspected members of a cult group raided sleepy Eteo community in Eleme local government area of Rivers State.
This is as doctors in a hospital located in the area rallied round to rescue the baby from the womb of the pregnant woman shot dead along with others by the suspected cultists.
Also, the community has become a ghost town as residents have deserted the community seeking refuge at Ogale, Alode, Alesa and Agbonchia communities, all in Eleme local government area of the state.
According to a source in the community, the gunmen came into the community and opened fire on people on sight and when the dust settled, an entire family was wiped out.
The source stated that dead pregnant woman, who was almost due for delivery before the unfortunate incident, was rushed to a nearby hospital by sympathisers, where doctors on duty operated on the woman and rescued the baby alive.
He said, “Suspected cultists have overrun the once sleepy community of Eteo-Eleme. At a swoop, an entire family, including a pregnant woman, was slaughtered.
“But the miracle in this tragedy is that the baby survived the brutal attack as the dead woman was rushed to a hospital by witnesses. The doctors rallied round and rescued the baby from the mother’s womb. This miracle child is currently under intensive medicare.”
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Omoni Nnamdi, a deputy superintendent of Police (DSP), said he was not aware of the incident.
Nnamdi however said he would contact the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in-charge of Eleme Division to get the details of the attack.