Just in: Gunmen attack Taraba villages, slay 5, set houtilizes ablaze
– Five people have been confirmed dead after gunmen invaded some Taraba villages
– Police say the suspected bandits attacked the villages, burnt down some houses and killed the people in the process
– One of the bandits was however, shot and killed by the police
The police in Taraba on Tuesday, June 5, said five people were killed and scores injured following an attack by gunmen on Dan-Anacha and Dinya villages in Gassol local government area of Taraba.
ASP David Missal, the police public relations officer in the state, told newsmen that the suspected bandits had on Monday night, carried out the dastardly act.
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“The suspected bandits attacked the villages, burnt down some houses and killed five people in the process.
“We deployed our men to the area, but unfortunately most of the bandits fled before the arrival of the police.
“Our men, however, shot and killed one of the bandits who was trying to escape with valuable items,” he said.
Missal added that calmness had returned to the area as men of the force were on top of the situation.
Alhaji Yahuza Yaya’u, chairman of the council, also confirmed the incident.
The chairman said he had held a security meeting with stakeholders in the area where he appealed to all to eschew violence and embrace peace.