Rampaging arms-carrying herders have thrown 2 communities in Benue State into mourning.

Eight persons were killed in an attack by suspected herdsmen on Akaa and Tse-Orlalu villages in Logo Local Government Area, a Police statement said.

The Spokesman for the Police Command in Benue, Moses Yamu, confirmed the attacks in a statement on Monday in Makurdi.

Yamu said the attacks on the two villages in Mbamar, Ugondo communities, were perpetrated by suspected herdsmen late on Sunday.

The police are yet to establish the motive for the attack, but personnel have been drafted to the villages to restore normalcy.

The spokesman for the police explained that the attackers invaded the villages, killed eight people and injured many others.

Meanwhile, an eyewitness told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday that the herdsmen came in from Taraba State through Abaji and Mbamar in Ugondo community,

“They started first by attacking Akaa village before advancing to neighbouring Orlalu. Several villagers were still missing,” the eyewitness, who requested that he should not be name, said.

Suspected herdsmen have attacked some communities in the state in the past, including Agatu community, where 10 persons were killed.

Meanwhile, efforts by security agencies and the state government are still ongoing to curtail the restive herdsmen and protect communities.