AGOS, April 13 (Xinhua) At least 23 people have been killed in armed attacks on two communities in central Nigeria’s Benue state on Monday, a state official said on Tuesday.

Gunmen invaded on Monday night two communities of the state, the Mbadwem community in Guma local government area and the Tiortyu community in Tarka local government area, respectively, killing no fewer than 23 persons, said Nathaniel Ikyur, a spokesperson for the Benue state governor in a statement on Tuesday.

Ikyur said many villagers were injured during the attacks and are currently receiving treatment in a hospital of the state. He said the governor has condemned the killings, and called on the security agencies to do more on crime prevention and protect the lives and properties of the people in the state.

Nigeria has witnessed a series of attacks by armed groups in recent months. There have also been recurring incidents of livestock rustling and armed banditry in the country.

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