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Three persons killed, others injured as suspected bandits attack Taraba community

No fewer than three persons have reportedly been killed and several others injured as suspected bandits attacked Rafinkada community in Taraba state.

According to the residents, the bandits gained access to the community in Wukari local government council, from neighbouring Benue State.

The attackers were said to have killed two women and an elderly man in the community.

The residents added that the attack has frustrated the peace efforts of Governor, Darius Ishaku, has also generated speculations of reprisals if steps are not taken to end the impasse.

An eyewitness who claimed to have narrowly escaped the violence said the attackers stormed the village in their numbers, in the early hours of the day, on motorbikes, shooting sporadically.

Apart from the killings, several other persons were said to have sustained various degrees of gunshot injuries.

The bandits’ attack is coming barely two weeks after three farmers were gruesomely murdered in their farms located in the same local government council while working in their farms.

A source, who spoke on condition of anonymity told DAILY POST that his mother and younger brother were both killed during an attack.

“As I am talking with you now, we are preparing their bodies for burial,” he said.

The Wukari Council Chairman, Daniel Adi, expressed sadness at the attack which he ascribed to “Tiv militia from Benue state ”

Worried that the peace moves of Governor Ishaku have not been allowed to see the lights of the day, he pleaded with the people of his council to remain calm as there is an ongoing collaboration with the security outfits to fish out the perpetrators.

The Taraba State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), David Misal, who confirmed the attack said the command is aware of the development and that efforts to track down the perpetrators are in place.

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