Five persons returning from a wedding ceremony in Garin-Baka, Ardo-Kola Local Government Area of Taraba State have been reportedly killed.
They met their untimely death midnight on Friday when the soldiers on patrol in Bassa village allegedly opened fire on their convoy of motorcycles.
Among the victims were two brothers of same parent, Abdulkadir Bello and Tukur Bello.
Others were Philip Yakubu, Habu Yarima and Ya’u Misa.
One of the youth, Isah Umar, who escaped, said he and his friends riding on motorcycles back to their village, Basa, ran into the soldiers who, on sighting the convoy of their motorcycles, opened fire.
According to him, he escaped into the bush, but his friend, Habu Yarima, who conveyed him on his motorcycle was not lucky, as he was hit by a bullet and died instantly.
Parents of the victims, who besieged the mortuary of Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo told reporters that their children were murdered in cold blood.
Bello Aliyu Jen, a father whose two sons were killed, said: “We need justice. The army must account for the gruesome murder of our innocent children.”
Public Relations Officer of Taraba State Police Command, David Misal, said he was yet to receive details of the case.