Armed men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen last night attacked a passenger vehicle near Jebu Bassa, leaving scores dead, officials say.

Although details of the incident are still sketchy, the Public Relations Officer of the Irigwe Development Association, Malakai Gulu said the gunmen opened fire on the vehicle believed to be conveying travellers from Jos, killing many on board and wounding others.

A security source however said the attack extended into nearby villages, resulting in more casualties and burning of houses.

This is the third attack in the Meyango area this week, believed to be carried out by herders.

On Monday, three people were killed in a village near Rafiki village.

On Wednesday, two others in the Rafiki village identified as Mangwa James 52 and Sunday Gani 38 were killed in another attack in Rafiki while Daniel Abba Age 29, Friday Ira Age 26, and Guriya Sunday 28 were badly injured.

Securities link the attacks to reprisals by the Fulani who had last two weeks reported the loss of some cattle and a youth in attacks by suspected Irigwe youths.

On Tuesday also, two other Fulani youths were killed around the borders of Bassa and Kaduna, a security source said, believing that was a trigger to more attacks by the Fulani.

The IDA PRO, Mr. Gulu however said, "That is all propaganda because when they go for attacks and they lose one or two people in self-defense, they will take pictures of the casualties and begin to paint we the victims as the culprits."

The IDA had last week raised alarm over threats by the Fulani to attack Bassa villages following a press statement by the Fulani umbrella body, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association alleging that the Irigwe youths killed their cattle and a youth near Ganawuri in Riyom.

The IDA had alarmed that previous attacks in the locality were preceded by such "unfounded" claims.

Police authorities had assured of investigating the latest claims but the attacks somewhat resumed before they completed the job.