Suspected herdsmen have killed five members of a family in Taraba State.

The latest attack, which occurred in the early hours of Wednesday in Mbiya village in Takum Local Government Area of the state, claimed a man identified as Sunday Sabo, his wife and three children, who were all shot to death by gun-wielding herdsmen in their sleep.

The attackers reportedly burnt alive Sabo.

The murder of the five by the herdsmen took the community by surprise as the AK-47-wielding men, disappeared from the area before natives could gather to organise any response.

The attackers reportedly invaded the farming community around 1 am on Wednesday when most of the inhabitants were asleep.

Samson Tinton, a witness, said over 20 suspected herdsmen stormed the village on Wednesday.

David Misal, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, confirmed the attack but did not give details.

Shiban Tikare, Chairman of the local government, also confirmed the killings, saying the family were slaughtered like children.

“By the time we got there, the family of five, a man, his wife and children were slaughtered like chickens,” he said.

Darius Ishaku, governor of the state, said the attack is the latest in the wave of herdsmen killing of innocent people in the state.

He spoke through Bala Dan-Abu, his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity.

He  said that the matter had been reported to relevant security agencies.

Taraba State is among states being covered by the ongoing ‘Operation Ayem Akpatuma’ ,which is aimed at disarming people in order to secure lives and properties.