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Police Confirm 3 Dead, 6 Injured In Fresh Taraba Attack



File Photo: Violence in Northern Nigeria

The police in Taraba on Monday confirmed the death of three persons while no fewer than  six others sustained injuries in another overnight attack on Maisamari  in town in Sardauna Local Government Area  of the state by a suspected militia group.

The police spokesman  in the state, ASP David Misal, said the incident  took place during a  cultural event called Nding-Chin.

The cultural event was said to be taking place in the area for the first time.

Misal,  who said area was now calm,  disclosed  that the command had deployed additional policemen to beef up security.

Godwin Sol, Acting Chairman of Sardauna Local Government Council, said that the administration  had earlier banned all cultural meetings and festivals because of the security situation in the area.

Sol, however, said he was surprised  to learn that a  group, which  mobilised their kinsmen from surrounding villages, held a dance event in Maisamari  against the council’s order.

He said security operatives were later mobilised to disperse the gathering.

The spokesman said  due to the size of the crowd,  a time frame within which to complete the exercise and disperse was given.

Sol said at the expiration of the time frame, instead of leaving the town as agreed, the group  relocated to the house of one Yaya Ahmadun  to continue with the dance  which continued  into the night.

“It was while this was going on that some unknown gunmen attacked the place and killed three persons and injured six others,” Sol said.

The council boss said the host of the event in Maisamari  as well as  leaders of the cultural group have been arrested.

The  injured are  receiving treatment at the Gembu General Hospital.

The latest  incident is  coming barely six months after a bloody attack on several communities in Sardauna Council Area had left many dead while  property worth millions of naira were  destroyed.

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