33 feared killed in fresh Plateau attack

Jonah Jang, Plateau state governor

Gunmen attacked three Plateau villages killing 33 people, residents have said.

The gunmen, suspected to be Fulani assailants, invaded Bolgan, Karkashi, and Magama villages in Langtang South Local Government Area of Plateau State on Wednesday night killing the victims including secondary school students.

The Police in Plateau say they are yet to get the full details of the attack. The police spokesperson, Felicia Anselem, told PREMIUM TMES on phone that security personnel have been redeployed to the affected area.

Residents said many victims of the incidents were secondary school students who are writing the ongoing National Examination Council, NECO, examination for final year secondary school students.

A resident, Mark Lipdo, confirmed that over twenty four people were killed although the death toll may be more as others people are still reported missing.

According to Mr. Lipdo, the coordinator of Stephanus foundation, a Jos-based non-governmental organization, the attackers followed their victims on motorcycles blocking their escape before shooting them.

PREMIUM TIMES also learnt that several houses and vehicles were burnt down while

the three villages have been virtually deserted. A resident of Langtang, who pleaded not to be named, blamed security officials for not taking proactive action in curtailing the killings.

Residents who escaped said Bolgan Village has been completely burnt down with nine people confirmed killed there.

At Magama Village, most of the victims were children and the elderly. The father and brother of a cleric, Nandip Miri, of the COCIN church in Langtang, are believed to have died in the attack.

Reacting to this development, the senator representing Plateau South in the National Assembly, Victor Lar, appealed to the people to remain calm and report any suspicious movement to security agencies for necessary action.

Plateau has witnessed several ethno-religious attacks in different local governments leading to the death of hundreds of people.

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