No fewer than 19 people have been killed and eight others critically injured following an attack on Dabna, a village in Hong local government area of Adamawa State.
The attack, in the early hours of Wednesday, was first believed to have been carried out by Boko Haram terrorists. But sources on Wednesday evening fingered herdsmen.
A resident of Kala’a, a town within the Hong LGA, Innocent Geoffery, who said his neighbours own farms in Dabna, said the farmers fled Dabna and were back in Kala’a.
“They said Dabna is now a ghost town as everyone has fled,” he said.
He however would not say whether the attackers were herdsmen or Boko Haram terrorists.
“It’s difficult to be categorical because Boko Haram has Fulani people among them,” he said.
He put the number of the dead at 16.
Chairman of Hong local government area, Mr James Pukuma, told The Nation, 19 persons were confirmed dead and eight others critically injured.
He identified the attackers as herdsmen on a reprisal mission.
He said a Fulani man was killed in the neighbourhood sometimes back and the Wednesday’s morning attack was a payback.
“They were all speaking Fulfulde, not one of them spoke Hausa,” he said.