13 killed in fresh attack in Barkin Ladi, Plateau

JTF in the Niger Delta
JTF in the Niger Delta

21 people have reportedly being killed in the last one week
‪Thirteen people were reportedly killed by suspected gunmen in the early hours of Thursday in Rapyem Village, Fan District, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.‬

The Police Public Relations Officer in Plateau, Felicia Anslem, confirmed the incident in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES.‬

‪”Yes, we are aware of an attack in parts of Barkin Ladi Local Government. The attack occurred at about 1:00 am today, but I cannot tell you the number of victims affected now. Some persons died, while others were injured. Our men have been deployed there to arrest the situation,” she said.

‬‪Ms. Anslem said some of the victims were taken to a nearby hospital.‬

‪The interim administrator of Barkin Ladi Local government council, Habila Dung, while commenting on the incident, described the attacks as sad and barbaric.‬

‪”Thirteen were killed including nine children, two women and two men. Five injured people are currently receiving treatment in the hospital,” he said.

‬‪In the last one week, a total of 21 people have been killed by gunmen, while security agents are yet to make any arrest.

‬‪Barkin Ladi, in recent years, has witnessed several attacks and deaths including, in 2011, that of Gyang Dantong, a senator who represented Plateau North, and Gyang Fulani, a state Assembly member representing Barkin Ladi. The lawmakers died as a result of shock from the sound of gun shots. They were attending a mass burial of about 50 people who were killed in a church when the gunshots went off.


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