scores killed,several injured as gunmen invade villages in plateau state

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Tension has continued to loom in the plateau following gunmen attacks and incessant killings in villages in Barkin Ladi, Mangu and Riyom Local Government Areas in Plateau state. According to reports, though still unconfirmed, not fewer than 130 bodies have so far been discovered and about 300 people are receiving treatment from various injuries they sustained. According to an anonymous source, heavily armed gunmen invaded these areas: Exland, Gindin, Akwati, Nghar, Ruku, Kura falls and Kakuruk all in Gashish destrict as well as Kok, Rakok and Razat villages all in Ropp destrict of the Local Government Area, and started shooting randomly killing and slaughtering men, women, children and the aged, setting houses,cars and motorcycles ablaze. The attack led to heavy barricade of roads around Mangu Halle in Mangu Local Government Area where protesters where seeing protesting the incessant killings in the area.
spokesman of the operation safe haven Major Adams Umar confirmed the incident and spoke to newsmen that “there was an incident yesterday ( Saturday) in Barkin Ladi, some attackers stormed the general area and started shooting sporadically, the sound of the gunshots attracted our personnel, they immediately mobilized towards the area of where the gunshots were coming from, on reaching the area, they came under heavy fire. The incident is still on going though under control; there are casualties because there were gunshots and fire fight between our personnel and the attackers but for now, the number is not ascertained”. It is still believed that many people are seeking for asylum in nearby bushes.
In Bukuru Metropolis a reprisal attack followed where youths stormed the street to avenge the deaths of their loved ones, this lead to the state government imposing a dusk till down curfew in Riyom, Barkin Ladi and Jos South Metropolis to avert any breakdown of law and order. In a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Hon Rufus Bature, movement is restricted from 6pm to 6am, except those on official duties.
The state government has condemned the attack. In a statement by its commissioner for information and communication, Yakubu Dati he said “it is deeply pained that despite concerted efforts which had led to the restoration of relative peace across the state, some unpatriotic elements are bent on disrupting the gains so far made”. He assured the citizens that government had mobilize security forces that would restore normalcy in the affected areas.

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