10 feared killed in fresh Plateau attack

The dead included a mother and her two children.

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Ten people including a mother and her two children were in the early hours of Monday attacked and killed in Zemadede and Tanlang villages of Langtang North Local Government Area, Southern Plateau State, residents said.

A resident, Baby Hosiah, in a telephone interview alleged that the attackers were Fulani herdsmen. Mrs. Hosiah, a housewife, said the attackers killed a fellow housewife and the woman’s two children.

She said the woman and her two children were killed in their home while trying to escape the attackers, who reportedly killed seven others.

She disclosed that residents of the area had fled from their village to the neighbouring one, Pilgani, which is considered to be relatively safe.

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Speaking on the killing, a member of the House of Representatives representing the zone, Beni Lar, confirmed the incident to journalists in Jos in an interview.

Ms. Lar who spoke at her late father, Solomon Lar’s residence in Jos, expressed her sadness over the incident.

“It worrisome, that after experiencing relative peace in our localities for a while, the attacks are coming again,” she said.

The legislator called on security agents to wake up to their responsibilities of protecting lives and property. She also used the medium to sue for calm among the affected communities.

Meanwhile, the police spokesperson in the state, Abuh Emmanuel, told PREMIUM TIMES the Police said was not aware of the incident.

He said he would contact the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, in Langtang north to confirm the alleged killing.

Langtang North Local Government has witnessed several violent clashes between herdsmen and natives of the area.

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