20 killed, 300 cows missing Taraba ethnic violence
By our reporter
At least 20 persons have been reported killed and about 300 cows stolen after an outbreak of ethnic violence on the Mambilla Plateau in Sardauna Local Government Area of Taraba State on Sunday.
A fleeing resident, Saadu Mogoggo, who said his house was attacked at Leme suburb of Gembu, told newsmen that two of his brothers were killed on Saturday evening and their cattle rustled by a group he identified as the Mambilla Militia.
“As I speak with you, we are yet to bury their corpses. The ethnic militias attacked our residence in Leme, where they killed our father last month. During this attack, the Mambillas took away over 100 cows.
“My two younger brothers reported the matter to a nearby military base and a soldier was attached as escort to retrieve the stolen cows. Unfortunately, in the process, my younger brothers were both killed while the soldier fled with injury, Mogoggo said.
Abdu Gagarau, another resident of the area, who said he was speaking from hiding, said: “The burning and killing by herdsmen continued till early this morning (yesterday).
“Since last Thursday they have been attacking our settlements and over 20 people killed. Some were buried and over 300 cattle stolen by the militias.