Gunmen kill 15 in fresh attacks on Plateau communities

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Daniel Dauda in Jos

At least 15 people, mostly women and children have been killed in separate attacks on two communities in Jos South and Riyom Local Government Areas of Plateau state.
AmazingTimes gathered that the incidents occurred on Sunday when the gunmen, suspected to Fulani herdsmen invaded Dong village in Jos South LGA and Kwi village in Riyom LGA.
In Dong, the the bandits were said to have killed eight people including a family of six.
A resident of the community who confirmed the attack to AmazingTimes in an interview on Monday, said the assailants invaded village the late Sunday night and wiped out a family of six and two other victims.
Another family of seven was said to have been wiped out when gunmen, said to be Fulani herdsmen attacked Kwi village at about 11pm.
Confirming the attacks in a statement on Monday in Jos, the spokesman of the Plateau state police command, Gabriel Ubah, said frantic efforts were being made to apprehend the culprits.
The statement said, “On Sunday 23/05/2021 at about 2000hrs, the Command received a distress call that yet to be identified gunmen came out suddenly from a near by bush, invaded Dong village, Jos South LGA and killed seven persons.
“A combined team of Policemen, STF, Vigilante operatives, led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Department of Operations, raced swiftly to the scene but the hoodlums had already fled back into the bush.
“Meanwhile Security has been beefed up in that area to prevent escalation of violence”.
Confirming the attack on Kwi village, the member representing Riyom Constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly Hon. Timothy Dantong said the incident took place while the villagers were asleep.
The lawmaker condemned the attack, describing it as barbaric and inhuman.
He urged security agencies to ensure the arrest and prosecution of the criminals.
The lawmaker lamented the persistent attacks on his
constituency by herdsmen since 2001 and called on government to ensure that adequate security measures are put in place to protect the lives and property of the people of the area.

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