23 killed in fresh Plateau attack


Senseless killing resumed Thursday night in Plateau State again as gunmen killed no fewer than four persons, including a security agent, in two separate attacks in Nkiedoro village in Bassa Local Government Area in which two places of worship were reportedly razed.

Gunmen had, in the early hours of the day, invaded Ariri village, also the local government, killing 19 people and destroying valuables, including farm produce.

The latest attack was reported to have lasted for 20 minutes, after which the gunmen, it was gathered, left on motorcycles.

The attack began at about 10.55 p.m. but the heavily armed invaders were repelled by men of the military outfit, Operation Safe Haven, who arrived at the scene in the nick of time.

A source said that among the victims was a mobile policeman, who sustained injuries in the attack and currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Jos.

According to the source, 35 houses were also burnt and many farms produce destroyed.

The Plateau State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Mathias Tyopev Terna, declined comment on the latest attack.

“I cannot say anything on the attack until the state Commissioner of Police, who is attending a meeting at the Government House returns,” Terna said.


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