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Gunmen Attack Taraba Leaving 2000 Displaced and 73 missing

Following recent attacks on Dogon-Gawa community in Takum L.G.A., Taraba State, about 2000 people have been reported displaced and 73 others declared missing.

As explained by a resident, Mr. James Orya to newsmen, the attacks was carried out by armed men in two Hilux vans who shot sporadically and injured two people in the process.

Recalling the ordeal, Orya said, “I sat under a tree with some of my relations when suddenly we saw two white Toyota Hilux vans coming from Takum axis into the community.

“There is a major road that passed through our community from Takum to Katsina-Ala and vehicles usually ply the road, so seeing the two Hilux vans was not strange until their occupants started firing gunshots at us.

“About 2000 residents of the community have fled and most of them are taking refuge in the neighbouring Benue State.

“The attackers burnt over 30 houses, injured two persons and cut down economic trees during the raid on the community.”

Orya called for the intervention of the State’s Governor, Darius Ishaku and security agencies to restore peace and improve security in the community.

He also requested that the government ensures the safe return of the displaced and missing individuals who were mostly farmers, back to the community inorder to commence planting ahead of the fast approaching rainy season.

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