Suspected herdsmen have attacked Mbamondu community in the outskirt of Makurdi , Benue state killing seven family members.
Mbamondu is in the Modern Market Council Ward of Makurdi Local Government Area of the state.
The gunmen who were said to have attacked the community in the early hours of Saturday also inflicted various degrees of injuries on five others with three in critical condition being treated at a medical facility in Makurdi.
A survivor who narrated how the attackers invaded the community to the State Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Solid Minerals, Mr Bernard Unenge, described the attack as unprovoked.
On his part, the Commissioner said he had to call on the security operatives that were stationed around the Adaka community, also on the outskirts of the state capital who responded swiftly.
However, before the military agencies got to the scene of the incident, the assailants had already fled after accomplishing their mission.
Unenge told journalists that seven dead bodies were recovered and deposited at the Federal Medical Centre Makurdi while five persons were also injured with three in very critical condition.
He described the incident as heart wrenching and tragic as it happened unprovoked, pointing out that his people were shot and butchered like animals.