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Death toll rises to 9 in attacks on Benue communities

The gunmen attacked the mourners in the early hours of Saturday as a result of which four persons lost their lives on the spot while several others sustained severe injuries.
The area has witnessed serious criminal activities in the past four years.

The death toll following an attack on a community in Tongov district of Katsina-Ala Local Government Area has been confirmed to have increased to 9, according to Police Command in the Benuee state.
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Catherine Anene, revealed this to newsmen that the police were still investigating the circumstances surrounding the attack and its aftermath in Makurdi.
Catherine stated that four persons were killed at the burial of Tor Gbev Amaafu in Tongov while other five were killed during revenge attacks by Amaafu, Sati Agirigi and Ikurav Tiev communities.
She explained the killings were suspected to be the frequent and recent clashes between Ikurav and Shitile people in the area.
“The clash cut across three villages. There is no reason for these attacks. Several peace meetings with the communities have yielded no positive results,” Anene said.
According to NAN, An eyewitness said that the gunmen who numbered more than 10 opened fire on the mourners killing and injuring several persons in the process.

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