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Fresh violence erupts in Taraba, ’10 killed’

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Fresh violence erupts in Taraba, ’10 killed’


At least 10 people have been killed and several houses burnt in fresh violence that erupted on Friday in Taraba State, witnesses say.

But police said only two people died in the clashes between the Shumo and Wurkum ethnic groups in Karim Lamido Local Government area of the state.

Residents said the violence started around 2am Friday when a village, named Shumon Gwaye, belonging to Shumo ethnic group, was attacked by suspected Wurkum youth.

The attack on the Shumo village led to reprisals attacks on Didango, a Wurkum community.

The Police Public Relations Officer for Taraba State, Joseph Kwaji, said only two people were killed in the conflict.

“Some suspected Shumo youth invaded and attacked Didango village,” the PPRO said.

“Two people were killed,” he added

Mr. Kwaji, a deputy superintendent of police, also confirmed that 11 houses had been torched.

He said the police had drafted more operatives to the area to quell the crisis.

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