Tragedy struck on Tuesday in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State as unknown gunmen killed 13 persons during an attack on Torkula and Udei villages.
It was learned that the gunmen attacked a bus loaded with some mourners who were returning from a burial at Umenger around Torkula village.
A resident of Torkula village disclosed the attack led to the death of three persons, while two others who sustained gunshot injuries are currently receiving treatment at a hospital in Makurdi.
A three-month-old baby was also killed in the attack, while his mother, who was shot on her lap, survived.
In a separate attack on Tuesday night, Udei community was raided by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen which resulted in the death of eight persons.
Confirming the attacks, the Chairman of Guma Local Government Area, Caleb Aba, said 13 persons were killed in the two separate attacks on Udei and Torkula communities.
“It is true that there was an attack yesterday. There was a burial in Torkula and people who were coming back from the burial came under attack and about five people were killed.
“At about 10 pm yesterday, there was another attack at Branch Ude where about eight people were killed, totalling about 13 people.
“Two people were injured by the information I received and they are now receiving treatment in the hospital,” Aba stated.