34 killed in Nigeria's 'armed bandits attack'

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A few days ago 10 people were killed, allegedly by herdsmen, in the state.

"They burnt over 50 houses and destroyed food and farm crops as they retreated to their base".

At least 34 people were killed in a weekend attack in northwestern Nigeria, a federal lawmaker said on Tuesday, calling for an increased security presence and relief materials for victims of the violence.

Gunmen, suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, unleashed terror on Ukpor, Mbalom community in the Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State on Tuesday, killing 19 persons, including two Rev. Fathers.

Father Moses Iorapuu, the Director of Communications for the Diocese of Makurdi, identified the murdered priests as Father Joseph Gor and Father Felix Tyolaha of St. Ignatius Catholic Church.

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Ortese said: "The two priests will be buried with their worshipers and this is significant because they were praying together and seeking lasting solution to the unending killings, which had become a recurring decimal".

Fulani militia-related violence has been escalating since 2015, with the central states of Nigeria, and particularly Adamawa, Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau, Taraba and southern Kaduna, experiencing cyclical violence.

"If those things that have been alleged have been done by the herdsmen we must do all we could to fish out the criminal elements. Violating a place of worship, killing priests and worshippers is not only vile, evil and satanic, it is clearly calculated to stoke up religious conflict and plunge our communities into endless bloodletting", the President said.

Mr. Shawon revealed that the assailants stormed Ali Agundu, a border settlement with Daudu where two Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps are located, at about 2.00 am and killed 13 persons. We have said it before and we are saying it again that Nigerians must be on the guard. They recognized the challenges faced by the herdsman, but expressed the need for better alternatives to open grazing.

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