Published: 10:34, May 23, 2023 | Updated: 12:45, May 23, 2023
At least 18 civilians killed in central Nigeria attack
By Xinhua

This file photo shows security forces arrive to thwart the risk of an attack on a polling station at which votes were being counted, in Lagos, Nigeria, February 25, 2023. (PHOTO / AP)

LAGOS - At least 18 civilians were killed in an attack by armed bandits on a village in Nigeria's central state of Benue on Sunday, an official said Monday.

Scores of residents were also injured in the attack on the Iye village in the Guma local government area of the state on Sunday evening, said Christopher Waku, a security official of the Guma local government area, in a telephone interview with Xinhua on Monday.

Several bodies among those killed were recovered on Monday morning, while one of the attackers was also killed. Police operatives were on the trail of the fleeing gunmen and urged local residents to assist the police with information

"Eighteen people were killed at the Iye village in Guma Local Government Area yesterday (Sunday) between 6 and 7 pm," Waku said.

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According to reports by local media, Catherine Anene, a spokesperson for the Benue police, said several bodies among those killed were recovered on Monday morning, while one of the attackers was also killed.

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She said police operatives were on the trail of the fleeing gunmen and urged local residents to assist the police with information.

Armed attacks have been a primary security threat in some regions of Nigeria, leading to deaths and kidnappings in recent months.