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Early morning raid leaves 95 dead in Benue



An early Sunday morning raid by gunmen suspected to be Fulani mercenaries, at Egba settlement of Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State, has left no fewer than 95 persons dead.

The victims were mostly women and children.

The member representing Apa/Agatu at the Benue State House of Assembly, Audu Sule, said over 60 lifeless bodies had so far been evacuated.

Sule explained that the attackers usually crossed over from Nasarawa State to kill the people without any form of provocation.

The lawmaker said the survivors were now taking refuge in Obagaji/Ogbalu, the headquarters of Agatu LGA.

A resident, who fled the area, gave his name as Oche, claimed he narrowly escaped the onslaught.

Oche said most of the dead bodies recovered were those of women, children and the aged, adding that almost all the houses in the settlement were burnt by the attackers.

Police Commissioner in the state, Hyacinth Dagala, confirmed the attacks but said 30 people had been confirmed dead.

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