Armed men suspected of being shepherds killed two people in a morning attack on the Shaforo and Kudumti communities in the Numan government zone in the state of Adamawa.
It was also said that about six people were injured, including one of the military personnel who confronted the herdsmen in a shootout.
Witnesses claimed that the attackers were herdsmen, but the spokesman for the state police command, DSP Suleiman Nguroje, said they were cattle rustlers.
Nguroje said, “One of the attackers was killed in the crossfire with security operatives and his corpse has been deposited at the Numan mortuary.
“The CP has dispatched additional operatives to join other security agencies to comb the bushes in the area and arrest the fleeing cattle rustlers.”
Numan has long been troubled by herdsmen and armed persons, often with many lives lost and properties destroyed.