Nasarawa crisis: Gunmen kill 20 in renewed attacks

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No fewer than 20 persons have been reported dead in a renewed outbreak of violence in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, while many were displaced.

It was gathered that more than 19 corpses, comprising mostly women and children, were recovered yesterday morning in an attack that lasted till 2 am.

One of the victims of the attack on Kompany community, Musa Mohammed, told newsmen that the gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen attacked the community at about 11pm on Tuesday night, killing anyone at sight and burning down houses.

Narrating their ordeal, Mohammed said: “When some youths returned to the village in the morning, 19 corpses were recovered with over 40 houses destroyed. As I am talking to you now, our people are still in the bush and are making frantic efforts to ascertain the whereabouts of their family members and other relations.”

Similarly, two young men were on Tuesday night killed by suspected Fulani gunmen at Bukan Allu village in Lafia local government.

The village head, ASP Audu Abashi (rtd) who gave the names of the deceased as Danlami Akaebe, 40, and MondayIliya, 20, said he had prior information of the attack but thought it was a mere rumour, until around 11 pm when gunfire rattled the villagers and sent them running for safety.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Ismaila Numan, confirmed the killing of the two persons at Bukan Allu but refused to comment on the Kompany crisis.

Culled from Daily post News: http://dailypost.ng/2014/10/23/nasarawa-crisis-gunmen-kill-20-renewed-attacks/

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