Gunmen kill 4 in Taraba village


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Unknown gunmen stormed Dan-Anacha village in Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba State on Friday, killing four persons and sending others scampering for safety.

Residents said that the attack occurred in two waves: from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm.

Many homes were also raised in the fracas which is believed to have been caused by the renaming of the village.

The Taraba State Government renamed the village from Dan-Anacha to Kwararafa amid clashes between Jukun and Tiv people, who are both claiming ownership of the community.

Former Special Assistant to Governor Darius Ishaku, Mr. Jerry Tyolanga, who hails from the community, pegged the properties destroyed at millions of naira.

Residents said that normalcy is gradually returning to the village as at Saturday evening, as many residents that took refuge in Sabon-Gida and Tella communities are returning home.

The Taraba State Police Command confirmed the gunmen attack.

“The Commissioner of Police Taraba State has since dispatched a high profile team to the area and I will give you information about the attack as soon as they are back from the ‘on the spot’ assessment of the incident,” the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP David Misal, said.

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