Atleast Seven persons including childen and women are said to have been killed and many others injured following an attack by suspected herdsmen at a farm settlement in Mgbuji and Ebo, Eha-Amufu, Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State.
Residents said property worth millions of naira was destroyed in the attack, which occurred on Saturday.
Metronetworknews gathered that the attack was a reprisal after some youths, chasing away herders who were rearing cows in their farms, killed some cows in the process.
A community leader in Mgbuji, Eric Ebeh, confirmed the attack, noting that the exact casualty figure was yet to be ascertained as bushes were still being combed in search of the missing ones.
According to a security personnel who pleaded anonymity, the casualty figure is likely to increase, because some of the farmers who sustained bullet wounds ran into the bush and were yet to be rescued.
Another source put the casualty figure at 12, adding that residents were still searching for their missing loved ones.
The source said the attack had thrown the community into mourning, adding that residents had deserted the community for fear of another attack.
All attempts to reach the spokesperson, Enugu State Police Command, Daniel Ndukwe,to respond to inquiries on the incident proved abortive as of press time.