Fulani herdsmen attack refugee camp, kill 7 in Taraba

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BY JOHN MKOM

JALINGO — Seven people were reportedly killed in a refugee camp at NKST Church, Kugwana village in Bali Local Government Area of Taraba State while several others were injured and property worth millions of Naira destroyed.

The attackers, who were suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, also burnt down the church and carted away property belonging to the church members and the refugees.

It was gathered that the church was accommodating over 600 refugees who escaped from their ancentral homes during the recent crisis amongTiv, Fulani herdsmen and Jukun in Taraba State.

The attackers had earlier destroyed the Dinya Parish of the Catholic Church at Dan-Anacha in Gasol Local Government, leaving four persons, including one of the church leaders, dead.

The Dinya Parish Priest, Rev Father Pius Aloysius, who is currently taking refuge in a friend’s house, told Vanguard that the Fulani herdsmen overpowered the vigilante group drafted to secure the area before attacking the parish.

Pius said one of his church leaders and three other members were killed and property belonging to the parish vandalized by the attackers.

He further said 42 other churches under his parish were burnt down before the attack on the main parish.

He said: “All the church property were either completely destroyed or vandalised by the attackers.

Meanwhile, some of the churches destroyed in the area include NKST Nyicha, NKST Cholough, Ogaa parish NKST Biija, NKST Nyoruke and the subordinate churches under them.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Taraba State Command, ASP Joseph Kwaji, confirmed the incident, saying the attackers burnt four persons to death in a hut at the refugees camp and macheted four others.

He, however, stated that enough security personnel had been drafted to the area to forestall breakdown of law and order.

 

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