At least 19 persons have been feared dead following an attack by suspected armed herders in some communities in Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue State.
Some of the communities attacked were; Tse Amgbem, Udam near Aondoana, and Agbanu Seghev/Ukuse all in Gwer West LGA area of Benue State.
It was learnt that the suspected herdsmen had on Sunday ambushed some motorcyclists at separate areas on Naka Nagi Agagbe and Naka/Makurdi roads, killing six persons.
According to local residents, another set of attackers burnt down the houses in the community in an early Monday morning attack.
Grace Igbabon, Chairman of Gwer West Local Government Area, confirmed the attack.
“We had about six persons yesterday (Sunday) and 13 people today.
“I was told that the attackers were suspected Fulani herdsmen who attacked the Mbamodu community and killed 13 people and several others injured. The attackers burnt down several houses in the community.
“Other incidents happened on Sunday at the other side of Mbachon, some motorcyclists were riding on the road and they saw a man in military uniform who flagged them down.
“I was told that in the process of slowing down, another set of people who possibly had laid ambush came out from the bush and shot at them, four of them died and one later escaped.
“Also along Naka/Makurdi Road on Sunday, they (suspected herdsmen) killed two others,” the Punch quoted Igbabon as saying.
DSP Catherine Sewuese Anene, the Public Relations Officer of the Benue Police Command, also confirmed the attack but said details concerning those who perpetrated the attacks, the number of casualties, those wounded and the extend of the damage to the communities is still unknown.