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Gunmen kill 8, injure scores in Benue

By The Rainbow
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Emmanuel Ikechukwu
Unidentified gunmen ridding on motor bikes on Friday shot and killed about eight persons in Zaki-Biam, Ukum local council of Benue State.

The killing is coming barely two weeks after many people including a People's Democratic Party (PDP) chief­tain, Atoza Ihindan were mur­dered in Katsina-Ala local gov­ernment area of the state.

The gunmen as guarded stormed a supermarket in the said area and opened fire on innocent citizens killing eight and injuring scores.

As expected, the killing has sent jitters in the minds of the residents most of whom have fled the area, even as most shops, patent medicine stores and food vendors have been closed down.

“There is tension in the area. People are scampering for safe­ty. Families have fled for fear of being killed. Social and eco­nomic activities have declined drastically”, a source in the area said.

Confirming the incident, the Benue State Police Public Rela­tions' Officer (PPRO) ASP Aus­tin Ezeani however said two persons were killed in the attack while three others were receiv­ing treatment at an undisclosed hospital.

The PPRO lamented that the killings have spread from Katsi­na-Ala to Ukum local govern­ment area, stating that the police will also focus attention on the area even as he advised those with arms to take opportunity of the State government's amnesty program and surrender them or face the wrath of the law.

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