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No fewer than twelve persons, including five soldiers attached  to the 72 Army Battalion in Makurdi, Benue State on Sunday lost their  lives as suspected herdsmen attacked Agatu Local Government Area of the  state.
The incident made some residents to flee their homes in large number when heavy shooting erupted in the early hours of the day.
The state police Spokesman, Daniel Ezeala, confirmed tha 12 people  were killed, but added that the situation has been brought under  control.
“Five soldiers and seven civilians were killed on Sunday in Agatu.  The situation is under control now with the deployment of enough  policemen to the affected areas. Investigation into the matter has  commenced,” he said.
Reacting to the development, the state Commissioner for Works, John  Ngbede, who hails from the volatile area, alleged that the herdsmen  invaded some communities in Agatu at about 10.am on Sunday.
Ngbede added that the attackers killed seven of his kinsmen in Oweto  and Utuluewu villages in Agatu, while several others sustained injuries.
The Legislator representing the area at the state House of Assembly,  Sule Audu, expressed disgust over the continued attack on his  constituents’ “without any seeming solution in sight”.
Audu, whose brother, Isah Onum, a retired soldier was among the seven  who were killed, lamented the killing of his people and the destruction  of property.

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