Scores killed as gunmen attack Taraba community

Suspected militiamen attacked a community in Taraba State, yesterday morning and left at least 15 persons dead.

Residents said the attackers were from Benue State, suggesting it was part of the raging Tiv-Junkun violence.

The attackers reportedly stormed and opened fire on residents, leaving dozens dead.

About 20 militiamen were also reportedly gunned down after Takum residents pursued them into the bush to ward off the attack, a local vigilante member said under anonymity because they had been warned by the police not to speak to the media.

“The attack occurred in the morning and security agents were deployed there,” Taraba police spokesperson, Mr David Misal, told an online portal last night.

“They have been combing the area to flush out any attackers who may be hiding nearby.”

The police spokesperson said casualty and wounded figures would be determined after all threats in the area had been neutralised.

The attackers were said to have slipped into Takum through the mountains of Angwan Abakwa and Wukari Road.

Locals suspected the deadly raid was a reprisal for the killing of a Catholic priest, Mr David Tanko, in Kufai Ahmadu, near Takum, last week.

Tanko was reportedly on his way to a peace meeting in Takum before he was killed and his vehicle set alight in the August 29 attack.

The peace talk was scheduled as part of an ongoing dialogue to resolve the raging violence between Tiv and Junkun ethnic groups in Taraba State.

Two days before Tanko was killed, several people were reportedly killed in the crisis, which has continued to escalate despite efforts by security agencies to curb it.

 

Sun

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