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The crisis on the Mambila plateau in Taraba State escalated on Sunday as scores of people were feared killed while many houses were torched in Yelwa and Mesamari villages in the Sardauna Local Government Area of the state.

Though eyewitnesses claimed that over 40 people were killed in the attack which allegedly started on Saturday night, police authorities in the state said they could not give the casualty figure.

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Our correspondent reports that violence returned to the Mambila Plateau last Thursday following dispute over land.

Police had earlier confirmed five people killed in the Thursday attack which he said occurred as a result of a clash between the Fulani and Mambila people.

But the attack, which continued on Saturday night through Sunday, led to the death of many people from both sides.

Though police said normalcy had returned to the area following deployment of additional units of personnel in the troubled communities, local residents said no fewer than 40 persons had been killed in the clash.

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The eyewitness said tension was still high in the area, adding that he could not ascertain the casualty figure as of the time of filling this report.