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Tragedy strikes: Gunmen rampage leaves 18 dead in Benue

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In a horrifying incident that unfolded on a quiet Sunday night, the tranquility of Iye community in Benue State was shattered as gunmen believed to be herdsmen unleashed terror, leaving 18 innocent lives brutally cut short. As residents fled their homes in fear, the harrowing aftermath of the attack continues to haunt the community. Let’s delve into the details of this tragic event and the ongoing investigations.

Residents of Iye community in Uvir council ward, Guma local government area of Benue State are grappling with fear and uncertainty after the heart-wrenching Sunday night attack. The assailants, suspected to be herdsmen, struck with merciless violence, claiming the lives of 18 individuals and leaving scores injured. The traumatic incident occurred as residents returned home after their evening church activities.

A distraught individual, who wished to remain anonymous, revealed the grim reality of the situation. He disclosed that among the victims was his own brother, while many others sustained injuries and numerous individuals remain missing. The attackers showed no mercy, setting fire to homes and creating an atmosphere of terror that forced residents to flee for their lives.

Christopher Waku, the security officer of the local government, confirmed the devastating attack, expressing deep sorrow and concern for the community. He lamented the loss of 18 innocent lives and urged for swift action to ensure the safety of the remaining residents. The tragic incident has left the community reeling, grappling with grief and seeking justice for the victims.

Upon receiving the distressing news, the Benue State police commissioner, Julius Okoro, promptly addressed the situation. He revealed that the police command was informed of the attack on Monday morning, shedding light on the barbaric actions of the gunmen who targeted Iye community. At the time of receiving the information, seven lifeless bodies had been recovered, including that of one attacker who met his demise.

In response to the attack, a collaborative effort was made by Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS), the police, and state volunteer guard to confront the assailants. This joint operation resulted in the death of one attacker. Commissioner Okoro assured the public that investigations into the incident are underway, with a determination to bring the perpetrators to justice and restore a sense of security in the affected area.

The tragic events that unfolded in Iye community have left an indelible mark on the hearts of its residents. As the community mourns the loss of 18 precious lives, they also grapple with the anguish of the injured and the anguish of those still missing. The authorities are diligently working to uncover the truth and ensure that those responsible for this senseless violence face the full force of the law. May the souls of the departed rest in peace, and may the community find solace and healing in the face of this tragedy.

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