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7 killed in fresh violence in Taraba

17 April 2014, 07:37

Jalingo- The Taraba Police Command has confirmed the death of seven persons in the violence that broke out over night in Wukari.

The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Joseph Kwaji disclosed this in Jalingo.

He attributed the  violence to reprisal attacks by youths in the town following alleged incessant raids by suspected herdsmen from surrounding villages.

"I can confirm to you that seven persons died in the violence, while many others had various degrees of injuries, which also left many houses burnt," he said.

Kwaji dispelled the rumour that the crisis was religious.

"Let me use this opportunity to tell the public that the crisis was neither religious nor political," adding that teams of security personnel had since contained the situation.

Acting Gov. Alhaji Garba Umar, had imposed a 24-hour curfew on the town.

Umar Waziri, the Taraba Coordinator of the Red Cross, however, said that in spite of the curfew, violence in the town was still going on.

"This situation has made it difficult to ascertain the actual figure of casualties,'' he added.

-    NAN

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