Suspected Fulani herdsmen invaded Mgbuji community in Eha-Amufu, Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State and killed eight people, including a pregnant woman, injuring others.
They also, kidnapped many others as well as destroyed farmlands.
Sources from the community said the death toll would rise in coming days due to the level of injuries sustained by some of the villagers who were caught in the attacks.
A native of Mgbuji whose name was simply given as Agboeze confirmed that a pregnant woman was among those who lost their lives during the attack.
Also, another villager, Chinaza Akan, said the attackers ripped the pregnant woman's stomach open and removed the foetus, while others were killed while returning from a marriage ceremony.
Some villagers who spoke to reporters said the herdsmen invaded the community, on Sunday afternoon, through the border with Benue community and attacked several farm settlers and other unlucky people caught in the farm.
Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Eha-Amufu, Rt. Rev Daniel Nkemjika Olinya, who spoke to reporters confirmed the development, adding that the situation was horrible.
Olinya expressed concern about herdsmen attacks on farm settlements in the affected Mgbuji community and its neighbours have been on the rise even as the government has not done enough to end the attacks.
The bishop further noted that the police came on Monday, 24 hours after the attacks, with the intention of taking away the corpses, but the community members resisted them as they had not released previous corpses in their custody for burial.
According to community members the police asked relations of deceased members to sign undertakings before they could release the corpses to their families members for burial.
They further noted that they refused to sign such undertakings because the contents were not favourable to the community.
According to them, part of the undertakings was that they would allocate land to the Fulani people, accept and live together with them whenever they return to the community, were unacceptable to the community members.