By Ibrahim Abdul’Aziz
Suspected herdsmen have killed two persons in an early morning attack on Shaforo and Kudumti communities of Numan local government area of Adamawa State, north east Nigeria.
Reports say that so far no fewer than six persons were wounded including military personnel who resisted the herders in a gunfight.
The state police command, through its spokesman, DSP Suleiman Nguroje, confirmed the attack; but gave the identity of the attackers as cattle rustlers.
“One of the attackers was killed in the crossfire with security operatives and his corpse has been deposited at the Numan mortuary,”Suleiman said.
“The CP (Commissioner of Police) has dispatched additional operatives to join other security agencies to comb the bushes in the area and arrest the fleeing cattle rustlers”.
A local source, who simple identified himself as Lawrence Shinkoko, told journalists that the suspected herdsmen came in large numbers and laid siege to Shaforon and Kodumti villages around 1:00a.m. on Sunday, shooting from house to house.
Two dead bodies have been officially confirmed, and six others wounded; among them a soldier, according to the Principal Medical Officer of Numan General Hospital, Dr. Nuhu Tari.
Reacting on the attack, the state public relation officer of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Muhammad Jika Buba said, “We are not aware of any attack in Numan areas, but we will check who made the attack to ascertain the truth of the said attack.”