Bandits attacked and killed three people on Sunday night, while dozens were reportedly kidnapped by the attackers in the Bali city, the headquarters of Bali’s local government in Taraba state.

Several sources in Bali told our correspondent on the phone that the attackers riding motorcycles attacked and killed a staff of Taraba Marshall at a checkpoint near the General Hospital before going to individual homes to kill and kidnap people.

The central leader and chief of Tiv in Bali, Zaki David Gbaa (Ter Tiv Bali II) told our correspondent that two of his subjects were killed and dozens, mostly women, were kidnapped in the attack.

“The attackers invaded the city at about 11 p.m. Two of my subjects died in the attack, and two others who were seriously injured are being treated in hospital.

“Many people, especially women, were kidnapped. It is a terrible situation and I would like to call on the government and security services to sit up and ensure the protection of civilians’ lives and property.

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“For more than four hours, the bandits kept firing sporadically in the city and there was no response from security services. People are losing hope in the government’s ability to protect them and I think the bandits are just our security forces,” he said.

This is even as the traditional ruler called on the government to support the wounded being treated in hospitals.

The attack came just three days after bandits blocked the Mutum-Biyu-Garba Chede road, killing a driver and kidnapping passengers in the state’s neighboring Gassol Local Government area.

Attempts to get police to respond to the attack failed because Abdullahi Usman, the public relations officer for the Taraba state police, did not pick up the calls to his line.

But a police officer from the Taraba State Police Command told our correspondent that the PPRO was attending a security briefing.

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