Nigerian military airstrikes killed 1,500 cows in Taraba – Il Fatto Quotidiano

Nigerian military airstrikes killed 1,500 cows in Taraba - Il Fatto Quotidiano

According to SaharaReporters, airstrikes launched by a Nigerian military fighter against Fulani herder settlements in the Takum local government area of ​​Taraba state have killed about 1,500 cows belonging to the herders.

Witnesses learned that the airstrikes began around 11am and lasted until 4pm Wednesday and Thursday around the Kashinbila and Tor Donga areas.

One victim identified as Sadu Saidu complained that he had lost around 120 cows while his brother Sale lost 105 cows in the airstrikes.

Sadu said: “We were about to lead our herds to the pasture area when we heard the sound of an approaching plane and it came with fire.

“We all fled to save our lives and took shelter under large trees and in a few minutes we neutralized about 700 dead cows and this was the first attack.”

He added that the same plane arrived the next day for another airstrike of the two settlements, killing seven hundred and fifty head of cattle.

Another victim, Musa, said that in addition to the cows killed, many were injured in the city of Takum.

He said the incident forced hundreds of Fulani herders to move to Cameroon with their herds.

A Takum resident, Yakubu Rabiu, said cow meat is now everywhere in Takum and is being sold at low prices.

Taraba Police Headquarters spokesman Usman Abdullahi confirmed the incident saying it only occurred in Benue and not in Taraba state.

He said: “The matter under investigation is in Benue state, not Takum, as confirmed to me by the DCO’s Takum division, please.”

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