Jalingo — At least one person was reported killed and six vehicles destroyed in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital during an attack by suspected headsmen on Joro Yino ward in Ardo-Kola local government.
The council chairman, Salihu Dovo who spoke to LEADERSHIP confirmed the incident while accessing the affected areas.
Dovo said that three persons were killed at Tudiri village, six vehicles were destroyed within the area while several others were in hospitals.
While conducting security agents round the affected areas, he told LEADERSHIP that calm had returned to the communities.
He said that the attack was carried out by suspected herders, adding that hundreds of the villagers had fled the area for fear of being attacked. Dovo said that some of the displaced persons were taking refuge at Nukai Primary School in Jalingo.
A resicdent, Mr Elisha Kungana told LEADERSHIP at Kasuwan Mbera that the attackers used sophisticated guns while riding on motorcycles.
"We came into my house from the market and heard gunshots outside. My wife rushed out and from there I head her shouting that I should come out. When I joined her, I saw about nine motorcycles carrying people who were shooting sporadically.
"They are the herders that have been fighting with the Kona people. The man in front with a different motorcycle was someone who knows the area very well, he was directing them on the houses to burn down.
"They were burning houses and shooting, people were running away, though I can't tell if someone got bullets wounds or killed in the process, but several houses were bunt.