26 killed in renewed herdsmen attacks in villages in Benue, Nigeria

At least 26 people have been confirmed killed in a series of violence which broke out early this week in central Nigeria’s Benue State, local authorities said on Wednesday.

Three local districts have so far been affected by the attacks suspected to be a perpetration of local herdsmen in the state, said Michael Oguwche, a traditional chief in Anyii, one of the three attacked villages.

According to the local chief, the gunmen had first attacked Vase Village on Monday, before moving to the two other villages to wreak havoc late Tuesday and early Wednesday.

He said the sequence of the attacks on Vase Village, Uzzar Village and his village showed that they were coordinated.

More than 30 people sustained various degrees of injuries from the attacks, he added.

Local police have confirmed the attacks, saying riot policemen were deployed to put the situation under control.

Investigation was underway to ascertain the cause of the attacks, said local police

 

– XINHUA

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