Scores killed, others injured as gunmen and residents clash

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Scores killed, others injured as gunmen and residents clash

It has been reported that at least 43 persons have been killed and scores were injured in fresh attacks in several communities in Benue, Taraba and Zamfara states.

In Tungwa and Utsua-Daa communities in the Bali local government area of Taraba State, 11 persons were said to have been killed.

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A resident of Bagoni near Tungwa, Alhaji Sale Umar, told one of our correspondents that gunmen invaded Tungwa on Thursday and Utsua-Daa on Friday, killing 11 people.

Umar said several houses in the two communities located along Bali-Marararba road were also burnt in the attacks. He said,

“We saw 11 dead bodies after the attacks. Many houses have been burnt and people have deserted the communities. Many people especially Tiv farmers are fleeing the communities to Bali for safety.”

Caretaker Chairman of Bali Local Government Council, Musa Mahmud, confirmed the attacks but said five people were killed.

Mahmud, who said he was at the scene of the attacks, also said several houses were burnt.

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