Terrorists on Thursday 18 November, 2021killed seven people in a fresh attack on Tor Da community of Kastina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State, North Central Nigeria.
Witnesses told our dailytrust that the incident which occurred at about 5pm on Thursday threw the community into a state of pandemonium when the terrorists invaded the community and began shooting sporadically at the residents.
The local government Chairman of Kastina-Ala, Me Alfred Atera, confirmed the attack to journalists in Makurdi of Friday, saying that some members of the Community Volunteer Guards were among the seven people killed.
Atera said, “Terrorists came to Tor Donga yesterday (Thursday) evening and killed seven persons.
“They killed Volunteer Guards members, injured two of them and then killed some other persons, too, on their way as they shot sporadically.
“Five injured persons are in the hospital now, including a Reverend Father from Mbatseer who was going to Tor Donga. They met him on the way, shot him dead and the other occupant of the car.
“The incident happened between 5pm and 5:30pm.
According to the volunteer guards, they (terrorists) are the remnant of Azonto army, as they saw one Santer who was driving the car.
“The Volunteer Guards blocked the road when they saw them, but they didn’t have anything to protect themselves so they ran away.
All the security agencies have been informed; the police, OPWS and security adviser.
“We are on top of it, doing our best to ensure that we get them.”
The council chairman admitted that the incident caused panic among residents, saying, “We have never experienced this kind of thing for a long time now coming up, the residents are afraid.
We’re making sure that we assure them that the perpetrators will be brought to book.”
Meanwhile, Governor Samuel Ortom, also confirmed the killings, saying his government was cooperating with security agencies to track down the killer gang.
The governor said that four out of the seven people killed were members of the vigilante group.
Contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Catherine Anene, said, “we have not received such report please.”