Fresh Taraba Violence Allegedly Claims Several Lives

The renewed ethno-religious violence in Taraba has left many people injured and several feared killed. Premium Times referred to the information provided by the locals of Wukari town, where the incident occurred. According to one of them identified as Lawal Sambo, he and his household were forced to hide inside the bush after armed Jukun youth attacked Sabon Gari and Kantana wards, so as the market, where Haus‎a speaking people dominate. He narrated that Sabon Gari had been burnt by the attackers who stormed the area around 7a.m. Another local, Suleiman Adam, confirmed the attack stating however that nobody was sure of its reason. He recalled that there was some misunderstanding between a Hausa youth and a Jukun youth yesterday, but said the incident was not serious and had been settled. The violence reportedly continues and has already spread to a nearby Rafinkada town, moving farther towards Ibi. Taraba police command Joseph Kwaji claimed that they had directed the sources to restore calm in the area. It would be recalled that21 people were killed, many injured and a lot of houses were razed during the violence that occurred in the same Wukari town of the state in April.

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