InKatsina Gunmen storm bar killing 5, others wounded

Gunmen have reportedly stormed a drinking joint in Benue state, killing at least five people with others wounded.

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Beer parlour (Illustration) play

Beer parlour (Illustration)

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Tor Donga community in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State was thrown into confusion after unknown gunmen stormed a bar and opened fire on a group of people in the joint.

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The reports reveal that at least five people were killed in the shooting which occurred on Tuesday, October 18, with others suffering varying injuries and are receiving treatment in a public hospital in the area.

A witness who asked to remain anonymous told Punch that the gunmen had arrived on motorcycles at about 9pm on Tuesday.

“The incident happened around 9pm while people were drinking at the beer parlour. The gunmen entered the town on motorcycles and headed straight for the popular drinking joint.

"Suddenly, we heard sporadic gunshots. People scampered for safety, but by the time the dust settled, I saw many people on the floor. I saw at least five persons who were dead; the sight triggered cries from people around. Some youths helped the injured ones to a hospital in Katsina-Ala," he said.

Condemning the attack, the sole administrator of Katsina-Ala, Vera Akwua, described it as unwarranted.

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Meanwhile, the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Moses Yamu, confirmed the incident, saying that three persons were killed.

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