The thieves attempted to steal about 100 cows
Three persons were reportedly killed and four others badly injured on Thursday in Langtang North Local Government Area of Plateau State following an attempt by suspected armed cattle rustlers to steal 100 cows from a family.
The families of the deceased gave their names as Kahfa Timbong – a final year student of the Business Education Department of the Federal College of Education, Pankshin – and Tanden Nandang. One Yakubu Changtim in Yokdara Village was also killed as the gunmen tried to escape apprehension.
The Plateau State Police Command through its deputy spokesperson, Dominic Esin, said it was yet to confirm the incident from the Langtang division but would make efforts to do so. However, the families of the deceased said they had reported the incident to security agencies in the area.
One Nanpon Miri who said he witnessed the incident, said, “The incident took place Thursday morning when gunmen suspected to be armed cattle rustlers stormed the village and attempted to rustle over 100 cows grazing on the field belonging to a family.
“When the news got to our village, some of the villagers mobilised and gave the cow thieves hot chase to recover the stolen cows. In the process, the criminals gunned down three of the villagers, injured four others, abandoned the cows and disappeared into the bush.”