At least five persons were killed on Monday morning in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.
Three of the dead were killed on their farms when gunmen attacked them. The attack caught the attention of officials of the Special Task Force, STF, who stormed the area. A gun battle ensued between the Task Force and the gunmen, leading to the death of two of the gunmen, the STF said. Four of the attackers were also arrested.
The STF spokesperson, Salisu Mustapha, confirmed the incident in a press statement on Monday in Jos.
“On the 11th February 2013, at about 8:00 a.m., unknown gunmen attacked and killed three persons while in their farms around Kassa Village in Barkinladi LGA.
“STF personnel swiftly moved to the scene but on sighting the troops, the gunmen opened fire on them; this led to a gun duel that resulted into the killing of two of the attackers,” Mr. Mustapha explained.
“STF personnel also arrested four of the gunmen who were injured in the process and recovered three AK 47 rifles, 1 locally made rifle and 45 rounds of 7.63mm [special] and 31 cartridges,” he added.
Mr. Mustapha also said that twenty three cows belonging to Fulani herdsmen were allegedly attacked and killed, nine were wounded and five are still missing in two villages of Ropp and Kubel, also in Barkin Ladi Local Government.
He said three suspects have been arrested in connection with the cattle incident.
The spokesperson said investigations are ongoing to apprehend other suspects still at large.