11 people shot dead in Plateau

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Eleven people were on Tuesday night shot dead by gunmen along Rim, Riyom Local Government Area of northern Plateau State.

The Police Public Relations Office of the Plateau State Police Command, Terna Tyopev, confirmed the incident to PREMIUM TIMES in a telephone interview Wednesday morning.

“Eleven people who were returning from a weekly village market of Makera were shot dead at about 7:30 p.m., four others are injured.”

He said police are on the trail of the attackers.

“No arrest yet, but investigation are ongoing, and we shall definitely get to the roots of this,” the spokesperson said.

Riyom is the Plateau local government that links the state to Abuja, Kaduna and Nasarawa states.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack and there were no immediate suspicions of the identity of the attackers. There were, however, rumours that Tuesday’s attackers were dressed in military uniform.

Plateau recently witnessed renewed violence between herdsmen and locals causing the death of dozens of people.

President Muhammadu Buhari consequently condemned the renewed violence and called on security agencies to ensure protection of lives and property.


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