Suspected Fulani attackers have laid ambush on Bachama people at Kikon in Numan Local Government Area of Adamawa State, killing three people and destroying property in the early hours of Sunday.
Reports from the area indicate that the attackers struck at the village, shooting sporadically while most villagers were deep asleep.
“The situation threw the village into pandemonium forcing people to run into the nearby bushes for safety,” said a fleeing local, Ngurigon Yohanna.
But irked by the attack, the Bachama militia allegedly mobilised Sunday afternoon and launched counter attacks on Dowayan-Waja and Lure villages, burning everything in sight.
Confirming the attacks to journalists, the chairman of Numan Local Government Council, Arnold Jibila, said the number of deaths could not be ascertained at the moment.
Another source who pleaded anonymity said many of the villagers have taken refuge in the nearby bushes, saying the herdsmen stormed the village on more than 20 motorcycles, while others came on foot to launch the surprise attack.
The source added that at least three persons have been confirmed dead, while some of the wounded have been evacuated to the Numan General Hospital for medical attention.
Confirming the two attacks, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Othman Abubakar, said two male and two female villagers were killed.
Mr Abubakar, an assistant superintendent of police, said those wounded have been taken to Numan General Hospital for treatment.
He noted that many houses and property were destroyed in Kikon and Dowaya-Waja villages.
The police spokesman said two units of anti-riot policemen have since been redeployed to ensure normalcy in the area, assuring that the assailants would be fished out and brought to book.