Gunmen Invade Taraba Community, Kill 12 Residents, Cart Away Cattle, Motorcycles

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At least 12 people have been killed by gunmen suspected to be bandits in a village in Bali district of Taraba State, North-East Nigeria.

It was learnt that the attackers, who dressed as local vigilantes and carrying heavy weapons opened fire on villagers.

The Taraba State Police command spokesman, Usman Abdullahi who confirmed the incident said they had recovered 12 bodies in the attack, which happened on Sunday.

He explained that police also arrested four of the attackers dressed in vigilante uniforms, riding on motorcycles stolen from the village and carrying looted food.

He said; “Eight other residents are still missing and soldiers, policemen and local hunters are combing for them in the surrounding areas.

“The attackers posed as vigilantes fighting criminal gangs and told the villagers that they were at the village to arrest some suspects.

“The assailants fled with 130 cattle, several motorcycles and food supplies. Police deployed in the area arrested four of the attackers dressed in vigilante uniforms, riding on motorcycles stolen from the village and carrying looted food.

“The suspects are helping with (the) investigation, we want to establish if the attackers are indeed vigilantes or just criminals using the vigilante uniforms as a cover,” he said.

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