Gunmen, suspected to be herdsmen, have killed no fewer than eight individuals at Yelwata Community within the Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.
The gunmen had been additionally stated to have injured two individuals and kidnapped one other within the assault which passed off at about 6pm on Tuesday.
The council Chairman of Guma, Caleb Aba, stated the attackers invaded the neighborhood on Yelwata market day whereas the folks had been nonetheless available in the market and opened fireplace killing eight folks and injuring others.
Aba, who acknowledged that the assault was unprovoked, stated his folks had no issues with the herdsmen earlier than they carried out the assault.
“Yesterday (Tuesday) was Yelwata market day and the people were still in the market around 6 pm when the herdsmen came and started shooting sporadically. In the end, eight people were killed, two injured and one person who was abducted is yet to be released till now,” he acknowledged.
The council boss added that the injured individuals have been taken to a personal hospital for remedy for the reason that docs in authorities hospitals are nonetheless on strike.
A neighborhood who described the assault as stunning stated the attackers might have killed extra individuals however for the fast intervention of troops of Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS), who stormed the realm to repel the assault.
The native who recognized himself as Terdoo, stated the troops combed the realm in the hunt for the invaders.