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Terrorists Kill Three, Abduct Scores Of Tiv People, Mostly Women In Taraba

Terrorists have killed three persons and abducted many Tiv speaking people, mostly women in Bali town, the headquarters of Bali Local Government Area of Taraba State.

The attack reportedly happened on Sunday night.

The terrorists, who rode on motorcycles, were said to have attacked and killed a personnel of Taraba Marshall at a checkpoint near General Hospital before proceeding to individual houses to kill and abduct people.

The Tiv central leader and Chief of Tiv in Bali, Zaki David Gbaa (Ter Tiv Bali II) told the Punch that two of his subjects were killed and scores, mostly women, were abducted in the attack.

“The attackers invaded the town at about 11: pm. Two of my subjects were killed in the attack, and two others who were badly injured are receiving treatment in the hospital.

“Many people, especially women, were abducted. It’s a terrible situation and I want to call on the government and security agencies to sit up and ensure the protection of the lives and property of citizens.

“For over four hours, the bandits held the town shooting sporadically and there was no response from security agencies. People are losing hope of the government’s ability to protect them and I think the bandits are no more than our security agencies,” he said.

This is even as the traditional ruler called on the government to support the injured who are receiving treatment in hospitals.

The latest attack comes barely three days after bandits blocked the Mutum-Biyu- Garba Chede road killing a driver and abducting passengers in the neighbouring Gassol Local Government area of the State.

The Taraba State Police Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Usman, had yet to confirm the incident as at the time of filing this report.

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