At least two traditional rulers were killed on Tuesday at Nnenasa community, headquarters of Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State, when unknown gunmen opened fire on them during a meeting.
Channels Television reports that sources said the traditional rulers from the area numbering more than 20 were in a meeting at the local government headquarters in the community, when the assailants invaded the place and interrupted the meeting with sporadic gunshots.
According to the report, sources had earlier said five of the traditional rulers were killed.
But Imo police command spokesperson, Mike Abatam, confirmed that only two traditional rulers lost their lives, while three others are in a coma.
The murdered traditional rulers include: Obi II of Okwudor, Eze Anayo Durueburoe and the ruler of Ihebineoweri, Okwudor, Eze Samson Osunwa.
Those who sustained heavy gunshots injuries were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The attack is the latest in a series of violent crimes being perpetuated across the South-east.