Abuja - Some 25 people have been killed in a clash between soldiers and suspected Fulani gunmen in Karim-Lamido local government council of Taraba State.
It was established that the soldiers were searching for their colleagues missing after an attack last Thursday when suspected gunmen open fire on the military.
Confirming the clash, the council chairman, Bobboi Bello Bendu, said there was exchange of fire between the gunmen and the military in the area but he could not confirm the number of casualties.
He said two villages have been razed down in the area.
“As you already aware that six soldiers were recently killed and three others missing, so the soldier went for searching of their missing colleagues and the gunmen opened fire on them. As it is now, I cannot tell you the exact number of casualties but the report I am getting showed that some persons have been killed,” Bendu said.
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He revealed that corpses of two of the missing soldiers had been recovered and one is still missing.
One of the locals in the area said trucks loaded with soldiers from both Taraba and the neighbouring Adamawa State stormed the area in a bid to search for the missing colleagues.
A military source who spoke to journalists on condition of anonymity said their mission to the area was to search for the missing soldiers but they were surprised when the unknown gunmen opened fire on them again.
It was established some 25 people were killed in the resultant clash.
- CAJ News