Gunmen Attack Taraba State, 45 Feared Killed, 90 Injured

No fewer than 45 persons were feared killed and 95 others injured in an attack by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen in about six local government area in Bali, Taraba state.

200 houses were also burnt down in the six local government named: Gashaka, Bashiri, Panwen, Barimini, Sabongida Zaga and Suntai.

Among those killed was the Chief of Tiv’s representative in Zaki Koti Anyima in Bali LGA.

According to a resident of Bashiri village, Sam Ngada, who said he narrowly escaped death said the armed men numbering over 120 stormed the villages at about 1:42am on Saturday after a heavy downpour and engaged in shooting and burning of houses.

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He said the invaders were identified to be Fulani herdsmen who had been terrorizing and killing innocent people in the southern part of the state.

“None of us knows what the Fulanis actually want. Three months ago, we all signed an agreement to put an end to all these killings, but we don’t know their reason for all these attacks and killings,” he told Leadership.

The state police spokesman, ASP Joseph Kwaji also confirmed the attack and the killing of the chief of Tiv’s representative in Zaki Koti Anyima.

He noted that the Command had since Friday drafted its men to the affected villages while investigation into the matter continues.

Taraba state has been experiencing several attacks by the Fulani herdsmen resulting to the killing innocent lives, injuring several others.

In April, the fulani herdsmen reportedly killed 77 People in an attack in Wukari, Taraba.

It was reported on June 29, 13 Fulani herdsmen were killed in Taraba by a group of unknown gunmen.

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