Gunmen in the early hours of Wednesday killed 13 members of a family when they attacked Agudu, a Bassa community in Kogi State.
The attackers, it was learnt, also killed a man who rushed toward the scene on hearing gunshots from his neighbour’s compound, making the number of those killed 14.
It was learnt that some people also sustained injuries during the onslaught which lasted for over one hour.
The Senior Special Assistant on Security to Governor Yahaya Bello for the local government, Isah Abdulkareem, who confirmed the incident to journalists, said he got a call from Bassa Youth Forum at about 2:30 am over the attack.
He said the attack happened in the wee hours when people were asleep, describing the incident as very saddening.
He said he had reached out to security agencies who had deployed officers to the scene.
Daily Trust reports that hostility between Ebirra and Bassa-Komu ethnic groups had resulted in bloody clashes in the past in the area.
However, there had been a cessation of conflict following interventions by the state government, security agencies and stakeholders from both sides.
The SSA said the identity of perpetrators of the current crisis could not be immediately ascertained, adding that the Commissioner of Police, Ede Ayuba and heads of other security agencies were in the affected community to assess the situation a few hours after the incident.
The CP later told reporters in Lokoja that corpses were being evacuated when he arrived in the community while two other victims died in hospital.
He said he got a call from the SSA on security to Governor Bello that the community was under attack and immediately called the Area Commander and the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the area to mobilise to the scene.
The CP said the attackers went straight to the affected compound on entering the community.
He confirmed that the only family member who survived the attack was helping the police in their investigation.