Published On: Mon, Jan 8th, 2018

Three Killed In Fresh Attack In Taraba

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By Sadiq Umar – No fewer than three persons have been killed in a fresh attack at a village in Maisamari town, Sadauna Local Government Area of Taraba State, while a dozen others sustained injuries the overnight attack

The attack is coming less than 48 hours of an earlier killings of scores by armed men who attacked Babagasa, Donada and Katibu which shared common boundary with Adamawa State.

The Police in Taraba State confirmed the incident on Monday.

Agency reports quoted the Police spokesman in the state, David Misal, as saying that calm has since returned to the town following a deployment of additional police officers to beef up security.

Mr. Misal confirmed the latest attack, saying the incident took place during a cultural event called Nding-Chin. The cultural event was said to be taking place in the area for the first time.

Godwin Sol, Acting Chairman of Sardauna Local Government Council, told NAN that the administration had earlier banned all cultural meetings and festivals because of the security situation in the area.

Mr. Sol, however, said he was surprised to learn that a group, which mobilised its kinsmen from surrounding villages, held a dance event in Maisamari against the council’s order.

He said security operatives were later mobilised to disperse the gathering.

The spokesman said due to the size of the crowd, a time frame within which to complete the exercise and disperse was given.

Mr. Sol said at the expiration of the time frame, instead of leaving the town as agreed, the group relocated to the house of one Yaya Ahmadun to continue with the dance which continued into the night.

“It was while this was going on that some unknown gunmen attacked the place and killed three persons and injured six others,” Mr. Sol said.

The council boss said the host of the event in Maisamari as well as leaders of the cultural group have been arrested.

NAN learnt that the injured are receiving treatment at the Gembu General Hospital.

The latest incident is coming barely six months after a bloody attack on several communities in Sardauna Local Government Area had left many dead while property worth millions of naira were destroyed.


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