At least 12 killed, 50 missing after weekend attack in Nigeria

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At least 12 people were killed in northeastern Nigeria’s Taraba State over the weekend, multiple local media outlets reported on Tuesday.

The incident occurred at Mubizen, a Fulani community in the Pangri District, according to local media.

The attackers arrived in the community on Sunday wearing uniforms and posing as members of a local vigilante group before unleashing their deadly acts on the community.

“The attackers said they came to the community to arrest suspects, in the process, they opened fire on the people unrestrained killing 12 people on the spot,” Premium Times quotes a source to say.

Fifty people, most of them women and children, are yet to be accounted for after the attack.

The attackers also made away with 130 cattle from the community.

According to the reports, Taraba State’s police spokesperson, Usman Abdullahi, said four suspects have been arrested in connection with the attack.

Bandit attacks are not uncommon in Nigeria.

Such attacks compound the insecurity issues that have riddled Nigeria for decades, even as the government also struggles to contain terrorism within its borders.