Plateau Crisis: Gunmen attack two villages, kill 7

Gunmen on Saturday and on Sunday night attacked villages in Jos, killing seven people, residents have said.

The police in Plateau, however, only confirmed the death of two people in one of the attacks.

One of the attacks occurred on Sunday night in Jalin, Jos East Local Government Area, leading to the death of two people.

The other attack occurred in a Fulani community in Yelwanshendam, Southern Plateau, on Saturday with five people allegedly killed.

While the police confirmed the death of the two people in Jalin, it only acknowledged the attack on Yelwanshendam.

The Police Public Relation Officer in Plateau, Abuh Emmanuel, confirmed the attacks to PREMIUM TIMES on Monday morning.

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“Two persons were killed in an attack at Jalin Village along Lamingo road. The incident occurred between 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. yesterday (Sunday). We have deployed policemen there, they are on the trail of the suspects,” he said.

Mr. Emmanuel said no arrest has been made on the attack.

“Eye witness reported to us that the gunmen came at night and shot sporadically in the village, and killed two persons,” he added.

On the attack in Yelwanshendam which led to the death of 5 Fulani herdsmen, and the rustling of over 100 cows, according to residents, the police spokesperson said the details was not yet available.

“Details of the Yelwanshendam attack will be later, the DPO in the area is yet to furnish us with details; but there was an attack there. As usual we appeal for calm; we will do our best to arrest the culprits,” he said.

Hundreds of people have been killed in ethno-religious crisis in Plateau in 2014, a continuation of the violence that has been on for several years, with the federal and state governments seemingly unable to resolve the crises despite various peace efforts.

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