Nigeria attack leaves more than 20 people dead after murderous motorcycle gunmen open fire and torch buildings in Benue village
MORE than 20 people have been brutally killed by a gang of crazed gunmen in a village in Nigeria, it has been reported.
Terrifying pictures show victims, including at least one child, riddled with bullets after the savage attack on Monday in the town of Zaki-Biam, in Benue State in the south east of the country.
Around 10 gunmen stormed the community with cars and motorcycles – shooting randomly at people and burning houses. Community leader Iverem Peters said more than 20 people were killed, with several others injured and many homes destroyed. State police confirmed the attack but did not give a death toll. The mass slaughter began at 5pm local time on Monday when around 10 warped killers started to rampage through the town. Chief Udam Wuhe said the group were from the nearby area of TorTonda-Zaki Biam. Some reports say that the death toll could be as high as 50 – but an official number has not been confirmed. The chief said they were looking into the claim that the gunmen were Fulani Herdsmen.
Around 10 gunmen were involved in the attack which killed more than 20 people including this tragic victim
The tragic incident happened just a week after suspected Fulani Herdsmen killed 10 people in the nearby Buruku area of the state.
More than 300 people have been killed in clashes between Fulani herdsmen and Benue communities in the past two years.
Such fights over land between the mostly Muslim herdsmen and mostly Christian farmers are common in Nigeria.