Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen killed 18 persons and destroyed 35 houses in a fresh attack on Ayar Mbalom village, Gwer East local Government Area of Benue State early Tuesday morning.
According to reports, those killed include a Rev Father who was identified as Gor Joseph.
The attackers sacked the entire village, it was further learned.
The attack occurred barely 3 days after some gunmen also suspected to be herdsmen attacked six communities in the state.
Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen had also last week Friday stormed six villages in Benue state in military uniform, shooting sporadically and setting houses ablaze in an attack that claimed the lives of at least ten people.
The attacks on the six communities occurred barely two days after the state Acting Governor, Benson Abounu, raised the alarm about plans by some unnamed people to attack five communities in the state.
Speaking after the attack on the six communities, the state government, however, urged the security operatives to live up to their responsibilities by averting further attacks in Benue.
No comment has been on the fresh attacks that happened at the early hours of today.