Nigerian military confirms 48 killed in Langtang, Plateau attack

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Residents said the attack occurred on Wednesday night.

A total of 48 people have been killed in violence in Langtang South Local Government Area of Plateau since it started on Thursday, the Special Task Force (STF) in the state said.

The STF spokesman, Captain Salisu Mustapha, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Jos on Friday that invading gunmen killed 28 persons in Magama, Bongong and Karkashi communities, while the STF killed 20 of them “in a gun duel that lasted several hours’’.

He said that many other assailants sustained gunshot wounds and were arrested by the STF.

“Some motorcycles, weapons and ammunition were also recovered,’’ he added.

Mr. Mustapha said that the attackers were suspected to be Fulani herdsmen and that they withdrew toward Yamini, Yelwa-Shendam and Agikamai villages in Shendam Local Government Area after the attack.

He, however, said the situation had been brought under control as more troops had been deployed to secure the area.

Mr. Mustapha said “STF personnel are conducting a robust patrol to guard against further attacks on innocent persons.’’

He advised the people to go about their normal businesses and warned that security men would deal with anyone caught making trouble in the area.

“Individuals or groups of persons that have made themselves the enemies of the people will be treated as such because we shall fish them out and deal with them,’’ he warned.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Langtang South Local Government, Naanman Darko, said that more than 6,000 displaced persons were taking refuge at the local government headquarters in  Mabudi.

“In fact, more people are still trooping into the secretariat following rumours that more attacks are underway,’’ he said.

Mr. Darko said nine injured persons were being treated at Langtang South General Hospital.

“The local government has been making arrangements to provide relief materials to the displaced persons.

“We have also reached out to the State Emergency Management Agency and had been assured that assistance is already underway,’’ he added.



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  • IskaCountryman

    one north, one destiny…

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    …..Whilst General Jang is busy dancing naked palongo moves to the beats of GEJ and the “northern” governors.

    • Mani_Kay

      The murderous and blood sucking Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani would have since wiped out the entire Plateau State with the support of Buhari and Tambuwaal but for the boldness and courage of Governor Jonah Jang and others like him.

      • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

        Kay needs to talk to average Plateau man before opening up his gutter.

      • musa

        You have a big mouth and small bigoted mind. Take the time to research the background to the subject matter before making such stupid comments . You might even learn something. Have a bad day!

  • tunde

    28 villagers + 20 attackers killed = 48 Nigerian citizens dead… This has been happening in this state time after time.- FG sort this mess out! – The army killing 20 of the attackers is not a victory as these are still fellow Nigerians and these sort of things should not be happening in this day and age in the ‘Giant of Africa’