Violence in Taraba state claimed over 50 lives.

Violence in Taraba state
Violence in Taraba state

In a violent religious and
ethnic conflict that engulfed Taraba State yesterday, More than 50 people have lost their lives . A military source
who spoke to sahara reporter added that many more sustained
serious injuries.
Our source disclosed that the ethno-religious fight broke out in
Wukari and Ibi towns in Taraba State. “In addition to those who
died, over 100 people are badly injured and receiving medical
attention in several hospitals in the state,” said the military
source.
According to the military officer, “The fight started in Wukari and
we were drafted there. While we were there, we received a report
that the fight had escalated to Ibi town. Some soldiers were then
drafted there and they are carrying out patrols now, but I and a
troop of soldiers remain in Wukari.”
The soldier, who disclosed that the fight broke out between
Hausa-Fulani Muslims and Jukun Christians, revealed that he and
other soldiers had counted more than 50 corpses on both sides of
the combatants in addition to more than 100 injured victims.
The military source reported that the warring sides had destroyed
and burnt numerous houses and business premises. He stated
that hundreds of displaced people had fled the area for safety. He
also reported that the combatants used sophisticated weapons in
carrying out their attacks. “If we had not arrived in full force to
contain the situation, many more people would have died because
of the caliber of weapons used in this war,” he said. He assured
that the soldiers deployed to the two affected towns would be
equal to the task of maintaining peace.

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