Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen killed 18 persons and destroyed 35 houses
in a fresh attack on Ayar Mbalom village, Gwer East local Government Area
of Benue State early Tuesday morning.
According to reports, those killed include two catholic church Rev
Fathers. One of them was identified as Gor Joseph and another who is yet
to be identified.
The attackers sacked the entire village, it was further learned.
The attack occurred barely 3 days after some gunmen also suspected to be
herdsmen attacked six communities in the state.
Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen had also last week Friday stormed six
villages in Benue state in military uniform, shooting sporadically and
setting houses ablaze in an attack that claimed the lives of at least ten
The attacks on the six communities occurred barely two days after the
state Acting Governor, Benson Abounu, raised the alarm about plans by some
unnamed people to attack five communities in the state.
Speaking after the attack on the six communities, the state government,
however, urged the security operatives to live up to their
responsibilities by averting further attacks in Benue.
No comment has been on the fresh attacks that happened at the early hours