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Seven killed in Zamfara, five in Benue as terrorists, herders wreak havoc

No fewer than twelve persons have been killed in separate attacks by suspected terrorists and herders in Zamfara and Benue states.

At least seven persons have killed when the suspected terrorists stormed some communities in the Gusau Local Government Area in Zamfara State.
The terrorists made away with the residents’ animals and food items, a resident in the area, Malam Ibrahim Sani.

He disclosed that the terrorists who attacked the communities in large numbers invaded Kwan-doka, Gidan kada and Kaura-dawa communities searching for valuable items to steal.

According to Sani, the terrorists searched house to house as they rustled domestic animals, including camels.

Sani added, “The victims wanted to stop the bandits from gaining access to their villages when they (terrorists) opened fire and killed them. They killed two people in Kwan-doka village, three in Gidan kada village and two in Kaura-dawa village.

“They have been stealing our animals, abducting and killing our people and we have reported the issue to the relevant authorities several times but nothing has been done yet. Many of our people have since relocated to other places because of the persistent attacks by the terrorists.

“I have been trying to leave my village also but I don’t know where to go because I have three wives and 15 children. I am calling on the state and federal governments to please come to our aid,” Sani said.

Meanwhile, about five persons were reportedly killed by suspected herders on Friday in the Guma local government area of Benue State.

The incident, according to locals spoke on condition of anonymity, said the incident happened at about 1pm on Friday.

One of them said, “The Fulani herders invaded Tse Alashi, Kaambe community in Guma at about 1pm today (Friday). They killed four people who were on their farm and also moved to an area where some people were moulding burnt bricks and killed two people.’’

The Chairman of the council, Caleb Aba, while confirming the report, said, “Some Fulani herders invaded a community called Tse Alashi and killed three people who were working on their farm. They also moved to a place where people were laying burnt bricks and killed two people.”

The Security Adviser to the state governor, Lt. Col. Paul Hemba (retd) described the incident as an unprovoked attack.

The state police spokesperson, Catherine Anene, confirmed the attack, adding that she had yet to receive a report of the killing.

“We have information on the attack but I have not heard of any killing until the team drafted to the place arrives”, Anene added.

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