Several persons were Sunday night killed in Bat Village of Barkinladi Local Government Area in Plateau state.
A witness, Ngovou Dusu, who claimed all her younger brothers and her sister were killed in the attack, told PREMIUM TIMES on Monday that fighting was still ongoing as at 10 a.m. Monday morning.
According to Mrs. Ngovou, who escaped to Jos, several people were killed and properties destroyed.
“As I speak with you, the attackers are still killing people,” she said. “Three of my brothers and my kid sister were killed. My mother survived because she was away. Several of my neighbors were killed. Security operatives who came to intervene are compounding the situation. They are not allowing our people leave the villages. Even our neighboring villages that the incident has not affected, no one is allowed to leave.”
The spokesperson for the Plateau state Police Command, Emmanule Abuh , confirmed the incident in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES on Monday.
He, however, said he could not ascertain the casualty rate but security officials were deployed to rescue the situation.
Mr. Abuh also confirmed the killing of several people in Wase Local Government Area of southern Plateau state.
He said the incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday, but could also not give casualty figure in the Wase attack.
The police spokesperson said no arrest had been made in connection with the incidents but efforts were on to apprehend the suspects.
Residents of the area in Wase said more than a 100 people were killed.
It was gathered that the incident in Wase affected three villages, Kadarko, Kurmi and Wadata.
According to residents, trucks loaded with mercenaries arrived the villages on Saturday following reports of an alleged killing of four security officials at Angwan Nanmi, Karin Lamido Local Government Area of Taraba State, which is trackable to Wase in Plateau state.
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