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Death Toll Rises to Ten in Jukun-Tiv Crisis


The death toll in the bloody communal strife between Jukun and Tiv ethnic groups in Taraba and Benue States has risen to 10.

According  to The Nation as at Thursday, the two tribes were still engaged in burning of houses, shooting and killing at the border towns between Wukari and Ukum Local Government areas.

An eyewitness, Terwase Kyado, said seven bodies were recovered in the bush near Tse Atsenge, which he said has been completely raised down.

Women with children on their backs were seen fleeing the troubled areas when The Nation visited.

56-year-old Tyohumba Dooga told The Nation he trekked 3 kilometers without water and food.

He said two of his brothers have been killed in the attacks when Jukun overran his community in Tse Atsenga and set the settlement ablaze.

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has sued for peace and understanding between Jukun and Tiv communities.

He condemned the conflict, which has led to death of some lives and destruction of property, rendering many homeless.



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