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Black weekend in Taraba, as bandits kill scores, abduct others.

By Suru Charles

This weekend will no doubt remain indelible in the minds of the people of Gassol local government council of Taraba state following bandit’s attack which led to the killings of over sixteen persons.

The incident which occurred on Friday, in Gidado and Garinkuka, as well as in Jauro Manu villages in Gunduma district of Mutum-Biyu, was also observed to have led to the abduction of scores of the villagers.

Apart from the recent attacks in the council which led to the abduction of travellers, it would be recalled that the first bomb attacks was also recorded in the council.

The explosion which occurred early this year in the council, was also noticed to have led to scores of deaths with several other persons left with various forms of injuries.

Aside from the deaths and abductions recorded in the weekend incident, several other persons were also confirmed to have been left with various degrees of gun injuries.

The attackers, according to The Trumpet source, invaded the communities in large numbers.

Stressing how they came into the communities on motorbikes and began to shoot sporadically, sixteen persons according to our sources were killed on the spot in the different communities.

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Wondering why the bandits have continued to have a field day in the area, some of the villagers who spoke with our correspondent, felt sad that the government at the center and in the state have not been able to put in place mechanisms to checkmate the bandits.

The villagers who said the bandits always attacked in broad daylight said the weekend episode which has continued to ignite dust in the council, occurred at about 5 p.m.

Abdullahi Chul, a staff of the council who also aligned his weight to that of the villagers, said the communities tried to repel the bandits to no avail.

Confirming that two of the bandits were killed by the villagers, their efforts to repeal them, he said will have yielded positive results but for the sophisticated weapons being brandished by the bandits.

When reached for further confirmation, the state police command, through the command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abdullahi Usman, agreed that there was an attack in the aforementioned council.

The PPRO who could not reel out the figures of casualties said the command is working round the clock to track down the bandits.

He also beckoned at persons with useful information about the bandits not to hesitate to make it available to the command.

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