By Peter Duru, Makurdi
No fewer than five persons have been reportedly killed in two separate attacks on Imandeakpu and Mbatyough Saghev communities in Guma and Gwer West Local Government Areas of Benue state, respectively.
Saturday Vanguard gathered from a source in the area that the attack on Imandeakpu along the Gbajimba Federal University of Agriculture, FUAM-Gbajimba left four persons dead and several others injured.
According to the source, the armed marauders invaded the community at about 11 pm, shooting sporadically and mowed down anyone they caught.
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He said, “the attack was unprovoked, the armed herders sneaked into the village when everyone had gone to bed and started shooting sporadically.
“The sound of the gunshots created a pandemonium, people ran out of their houses amid rapid gunshots and those that could not flee quickly were gunned down and butchered like animals.
“As we speak, the village has been deserted, some are fleeing towards Gbajimba the Local Government Headquarters while many others are heading towards the Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi.
“Though we learnt that security personnel have moved into community to forestall further attacks,” he said
In Gwer West Local Government, the marauders were said to have invaded Mbatyough Saghev at 10 pm where they reportedly killed another victim whose corpse has been deposited at the Naka General Hospital mortuary.
Efforts to get the reaction of the Police Public Relations Officer, Deputy Superintendent, DSP, Catherine Anene was unsuccessful as calls put to her phone were not responded to.