No fewer than 42 persons were reportedly killed by suspected armed herdsmen in Katsina-Ala and Gwer West Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Benue state.
Vanguard reports that 36 of the victims whose corpses have been recovered were killed in Katsina-Ala while six others were murdered Gwer West LGA.
The attack which left several persons injured and some also missing is coming on the heels of a similar attack which claimed over 100 lives in four Council Wards of the same Katsina-Ala LGA last week.
It was gathered that from sources in the areas affected that the marauders who my have been assisted by local militia gang loyal to the late Terwase Agwaza alias Gana invaded Shikaan Mbagena Kpaleve community in Shitile axis of Katsina-Ala LGA where 36 persons were reportedly killed.
According to the source in Katsina-Ala, “we suspect that the armed herders who may have been assisted by Gana’s men stormed the area in their numbers at about midnight shooting sporadically and butchering anyone they caught up with.
“In their usual manner, the attackers operated for about 15 minutes after which they pulled out and 36 persons were found dead, must of them were butchered like animals which is their usual style of killing their victims.
“Though people are saying that some of the victims were students of the College of Education Katsina-Ala but it has not been confirmed by the school authorities and no one has also has ascertained the number of students involved, if any.”
It was learnt that the attack in Gwer West reportedly occurred at Tinader community on Makurdi-Naka road Thursday evening.
The marauders after attacking the community reportedly took over the major road and waylaid unsuspecting motorists.
Confirming the development, Chairman of Gwer West LGA, Mrs. Grace Igbabon, said aside the five killed Thursday evening another young man was killed at Mbakpa community during a gun exchange between the youths of the community and armed herders.