50 persons have been feared killed in a blast in Doma community, at the border between Benue and Nasarawa States.
Details were sketchy at the time of filing this report; it was unclear whether the explosion resulted from a military airstrike.
Mr. Frank Kya, who spoke with newsmen, said a heavy sound, like a bomb blast, was heard in a nearby village, yesterday.
“The sound was scary. Shortly after, news starts filtering in that it was a blast from an aircraft. Many people died as a result. I can’t tell exactly, but more than 50 persons, including women and children, were involved,” he said.
Police Public Relations Officer, Nasarawa State Command, Nansel Ramham, confirmed that there was an airstrike in the area but could not ascertain whether the explosion was as a result of military action.
The incident came about 24 hours after the Tor Tiv in Benue State and the Emir of Lafia in Nasarawa State held a close-door meeting to discuss incessant killings in border towns between the two states.
Doma local council has witnessed repeated attacks by bandits. Also, 18 members of a special hunters squad attached to the Department of State Services (DSS) were killed during a military air strike at Galadima Kogo community in Shiroro Local Council of Niger State on Tuesday.