Suspected Fulani herdsmen have killed several People and burnt churches in Kugwana Village of Bali Local Government Area and in Dan-anacha Local Government Area of Taraba State.
According to eyewitness account, the attackers stormed the village in their hundreds in the early hours of Tuesday and pounced on worship centres where displaced persons from previous attacks were being camped as refugees.
He said they also attacked several worship centres in Dan-anacha village of Gassol Local Government Area of the state.
Confirming the attacks in Dan-anacha, the Parish Priest of the Catholic Church there, Rev. Fr. Pius Aloysius, said 42 churches under the parish were completely burnt down by the attackers.
He added that members of the parish have fled the area for safety.
METROWATCH also learnt that the attackers, who were armed to the teeth,also attacked the Nongo u Kristu UIser Sha Tar (NKST) Church where about 6,000 refugees were said to have been camped.
Also confirming the attack to the media, Bali council chairman, Andy Yerima, said: “I was informed of the outbreak of crisis in my council but I have been in Abuja for the past two days attending a seminar.”
The member representing the area in the State House of Assembly, Gambo Maikudi, said: “I have drawn the attention of the speaker to the crisis and he has reached out to the commissioner of police and the State Security Service (SSS).
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Joseph Kwaji, also confirmed that crisis erupted “at about 02.00hours on Tuesday and that the attack was carried out by “unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.”
He said no arrests have been made, but efforts were on with a view to arresting the perpetrators. He added that patrol teams have been drafted to the place.
“We have deplored our men to cover all the crisis areas in Bali.”
As at the time of filing this report, escaped persons from the crisis areas were said to have being camped in the neighbouring councils of Takum, Donga as well as the administrative headquarters of Bali.