Many feared dead as Fulani herdsmen attack villages

Many were feared dead as suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked three villages in Demsa and Numan Local Government areas of Adamawa State.

Tension escalated in Numan and neighbouring areas since the latest incident in which 55 Fulani women and children were killed in an attack on their community two weeks ago.‎ 

Fleeing residents said the attack started at about 5 am on Monday as gunmen invaded Lawaru and Dong, shooting at any one at sight  before  marching toward Kiken in Numan.

A Bachama man interviewed by our reporter on telephone said the attackers had burnt down three villages and killed several persons.

"They burnt doown Lawuro and Dong and are currently in Kikan, the attack started in the morning but up to this moment, there is no security personnel in the villages‎.

Police spokesman in Adamawa, Mr Othman Abubakar confirmed the attack, saying casualties figure had not been ascertained.

He added that mobile police men and soldiers deployed ‎to the area had restored nomalcy in the affected villages.

He denied reports that Numan-Gomber road had been blocked while travellers were turned away by policemen.

Meanwhile, Secretary to Adamawa State Government, Mr Umar Bindir and Commissioner of Information, Mr Ahmad Sajoh who spoke at a press conference on Monday said the situation was under control as security were mobilised to halt the attacks.

"I can't say the number of casualties for now as security men are still there to chase out the attackers", Sajoh  stated.

Daily Trust

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