Rampaging terrorists raid Plateau communities, kill 80 abduct many others


No fewer than 80 people have been reportedly killed following terrorists invasion of communities in Kanam Local Government Area of Plateau state.
About 70 others were also reportedly abducted by the terrorists during the attacks which occurred on Sunday.
According to sources, eleven villages were raided and many houses were burnt.
The villages according to the source , included; Kukawa, Gyambawu, Dungur, Kyaram, Yelwa, Dadda, Wanka, Shuwaka, Gwammadaji, and Dadin Kowa.
The terrorists were said to be in large numbers, well armed and were riding on motor motorcycles.
They were said to be shooting sporadically and setting houses ablaze.
The source said: “We have recovered a total of over 80 corpses from the attacks, many people are still missing.
“About 70 people may have been abducted, over 90 houses were burnt.
Many people who were injured were taken to Dengi General Hospital and Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH).
“We are in danger, we are helpless, people are already fleeing from their homes.”
Those who escaped the attacks, said the terrorists now live within the vicinity of their communities”, the source said.
Residents of the communities appealed to the government and security agencies to come to their rescue.
The Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong was said to have been away from the state since Saturday, attending one political meeting or the other.
Lalong had attended the presidential declaration by Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, on Saturday in Rivers state.
He was also said to have been in Abuja for a political meeting between governors of the APC and Bola Tinubu, a former Lagos state governor and Presidential aspirant of the party when the terrorists struck.
Spokesman of the Plateau state police command, Ubah Gabriel, confirmed the incident. He however could not confirm the casualty figures.
Gabriel said police personnel had been deployed to the affected communities.
Meanwhile Lalong, in a state by his spokesman, Makut Macham has expressed sympathised with the communities affected, declaring that those behind the attacks would not be allowed to go unpunished.
The statement said the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the Peace Building Agency had been directed to visit the affected areas, assess the situation, and provide relief as well as trauma management.



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