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Herdsmen kill one, rape woman in Delta

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At least one person has been killed in a fresh attack by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen at Onicha – Olona community, Delta State .
A middle – aged woman was allegedly raped in a different attack in Ovwor -Olomu in the Aniocha North and Ughelli South areas of the state .
It was gathered that the incident at Onicha – Olona occurred on Friday when the herdsmen shot the farmer dead after he refused to allow their cattle graze on his farm , which they later set ablaze.
The victim , whose identity could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report , reportedly hailed from Anambra State but had been living with members of his family in the community because of his farming business .
A community source said , “ He challenged the herdsmen and refused to allow them to graze on his farm . They brought out a gun and shot him at close range . He fell and died on the spot.
“ As I speak to you , there is tension in our community. Nobody knows what will happen next . The man ’ s corpse has just been taken to the Olona Police Station . ”
In a similar attack in Ovwor – Olomu , where the suspected herdsmen also struck on Sunday , at least three persons were injured , while a woman was allegedly raped .
The victims , who were rushed to the Ughelli Central Hospital for treatment , were said to have sustained varying degrees of injury after they were attacked on their way to work in the early hours of Sunday .
The rape victim was said to be the only female among the victims attacked by the assailants .
A relative of one of the victims said , “ My husband was on his way to work at about 4 am when the Fulani men attacked him with a machete . He sustained injuries on his head and ear , but was able to escape . ”
The state Police Public Relations Officer , Andrew Aniamaka, confirmed the killing at Onicha – Olona , adding that the police had launched a manhunt for the suspects .
Aniamaka could not , however , confirm the attack at Ovwor – Olomu in Ughelli South , saying he had not been briefed of the incident .

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