The incident which took place yesterday killed 120 people who were returning from a funeral service, a cleric reported. The police however claim only 11 persons were killed in the attack.
A pastor told reporters that the mourners were killed by suspected armed herdsmen. The attack on Saturday lasted for several hours, he said.
“Fulani people attacked our members who attended the burial of the father to one of our clergy Baba Jakawa, at Gidin Akwati, Gashis district. Late Jakawa was aged over 80 years, a committed member of COCIN, so his burial attracted many sympathisers.” The armed Fulanis ambushed the sympathisers on their way back from the burial, attacked and killed 34 persons from Nekan village, 39 others from Kufang, and 47 people from Ruku village, he added.
As we speak with you, many others are still missing in the bush. The incident started at about 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon, and lasted till about 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, he said.