Armed men suspected to be herdsmen on Saturday morning plagued three villages in Doma local government area in Nasarawa State and killed nine Tiv farmers.
The attacked villages were Ajikamaka, Gidan Rail and Ankoma settlements near Rukubi.
The victims were said to be deeply asleep when the marauding herdsmen surrounded the villages, set houses on fire and opened fire on fleeing villagers.
Most of the victims were children, women and young boys scampering to safety.
TOS News gathered that the deceased were identified as Tsekaa Chiatyo, Kwaghdoo Tsekaa, Sewuese Tsekaa, Bobo Chiatyo, Aondosee Fidelis, Aboy, Igba Aduku, Iwuesi and Aseer.
Deputy Chairman, Doma local government, Hon Atukpa Osukunu, confirmed the incident. However, Nasarawa Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Ramham Nansel, said the attack was yet to be reported to the Police Command.
Meanwhile, President, Tiv Development Association (TIDA) in Nasarawa state, Comrade Peter Ahemba, has confirmed and condemned the attack.