By Andy Chukwu
About 14 people have been reported dead and scores wounded after an attack on Sunday morning on a community in Taraba State suspected to have been carried out by militiamen.
Residents said the attackers were from Benue State, suggesting it was part of the raging Tiv-Junkun violence.
Locals who spoke to newsmen under anonymity told reporters that the attackers entered Takum on Sunday morning and opened fire on residents, leaving dozens dead.
Even though the death toll is yet to be confirmed by the police and emergency officials as of Sunday night, members of the local vigilante group are reporting that 14 residents were killed.
However, the Taraba Police Command has confirmed the attack.
“The attack occurred in the morning and security agents were deployed there,” said david Misal, Taraba Police Command Spokesperson.
“They have been combing the area to flush out any attackers who may be hiding nearby,” he said.
Misal said casualty and wounded figures would be determined after all threats in the area had been neutralised.
The attackers were said to have slipped into Takum through the mountains of Angwan Abakwa and Wukari Road.
The reports have it that about 20 militiamen were also reportedly gunned down after Takum residents pursued them into the bush to ward off the attack.