At least thirteen persons have been killed with many others severely injured in separate attacks that struck Kwande and Otukpo local government areas of Benue State.
In Kwande, residents say seven people were killed after suspected Fulani herdsmen in the early hours of Sunday overran Tseadough village in Mbachom.
Six others were reportedly injured and a woman allegedly abducted by the suspected herdsmen. Several houses in the area were also burnt.
A resident, said, “Suspected Fulani herdsmen invaded our village in the wee hours – Sunday, while people were asleep; it was their gunshots that woke some of us.
“They were shooting indiscriminately and entering peoples’ houses attacking them.
“I was able to escape through the grace of God, some of us had to sleep in the bush, the report I got is that 10 people were killed and many others sustained varying degrees of injuries,” the resident said.
Confirming the attack, the executive chairman, Kwande Local Government, Terdoo Nyor Kenti, said: “The armed militia stormed the village at about midnight while the people were asleep and opened fire and shot in all directions.
“Seven people were killed, six others were injured while the herdsmen also went away with a woman after burning houses in the area,” Kenti said.
According to reports, many villagers have fled to neighboring communities for fear of another attack.
Similarly, in Otukpo Local Government Area, a group of suspected cultists went on rampage displaying guns and machetes.
Eight persons were said to have been murdered in different parts of the local government.
A source who witnessed the incident said: “Two of the victims were killed at a popular hemp joint known as Banana Island while another victim, who owned a barbershop on Akpa Street was shot dead outside his shop.”
“The fourth person was killed along Uloko lane, while four others were killed at several locations, the killers went on a killing spree.”
Reacting to the attack, the chairman of Otukpo Local Government Area, George Alli, said, “We have confirmed the death of six persons this afternoon – Sunday.
“I’m still expecting a clearer picture of this, because we are going to come with a special squad to go after them,” Alli said.
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