Three Dead As Herdsmen Strike In Benue Again
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Fulani herdsmen attack Tsukwa community of Anyiin in Logo Local Government Area (LGA) of Benue State on Thursday, killing three farmers and a traveller during the attack.
INDEPENDENT gathered that the herdsmen also attempted to lay siege on Azege community but their attacks were repelled by security forces posted to the area.
It was gathered that the attacks might have been carried out simultaneously in the affected areas.
It was also gathered that the assualt on Tsukwa community which took place between 7pm and 8pm on Thursday left three persons dead.
The attack took place opposite the Redeemed Church, Tsukwa, along the Ayilamo-Anyiin road, our correspondent learnt.
Chairman, Logo LGA, Richard Nyajo, who confirmed the incident, said the herdsmen had laid ambush on the persons.
He explained that “the herdsmen hid in a forest opposite the Redeemed Church and opened fire on the unsuspecting victims”.
Shedding more light on the incident, the Chairman said the herdsmen had “shot down two occupants of a motor bike who died instantly”.
He said the herdmen had also shot at another group of four passersby, killing one and wounding the other three.
Nyajo said, among the four passersby that were shot were two Hausa traders, adding that it was one of the survivors that broke the news that their attackers were herdsmen.
He also explained that the one who lost his life had since been buried according to Islamic rites while the other two bodies have been deposited at the morgue.
The Chairman noted that the remaining three were now being treated of bullets wounds sustained from the herdsmen.
A man who survived the Tsukwa attack, said the herdsmen had come into the area from Tunga in Nasarawa state to launch the attacks.
He said the security personal that were attached to the area did not get to the troubled spot until at about 9pm on Thursday.
He however noted that in Azege, the security forces were able to repel the attack on Azege.
The State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Awoseni, confirmed the killings.
He said two died on the spot, while the other died in the hospital.