NO fewer than 40 people were killed yesterday, when gunmen attacked
four villages in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.
Among those killed, according to villagers, were a one-year old boy
shot at close range, a four-year old and several women and other
children. 10 persons have been hospitalised as a result of injuries
sustained during the attack.
The attackers were said to have struck between 12.30a.m. and 1a.m.,
completely wiping out two families.
The village head of Tatu, Da Pam Gyang Tsok, told newsmen that they
started hearing sporadic gunshots at about 1a.m. and later discovered
that 15 women and children had been killed by the assailants.
Ten people were confirmed killed at Bwok village and seven at Dorong.
He confirmed the killing of every member of two households in the
village during the attack, adding, "we were shocked by the attack
because we had no quarrel with any group or person and have been
living in peace with non -natives in our midst."
'They wore military uniform'
A similar story was told by a community leader at Rawure village, Mr.
Job Chollom, who said the attackers wore military uniform.
He said they surrounded the village before launching the attack,
killing a man, his wife and their young children aged one, four and 10
years. He added that five people were injured in the attack.
Confirming the attack, the Interim Administrator of Barakin-Ladi Local
Government, Mr. Habila Dungs said a total of 40 people were killed in
the four villages in what he described as a well coordinated attack.
Spokesman of the Special Task Force, STF, in the state, Captain Salisu
Mustapha, also confirmed the incident in a statement.
According to the statement, STF personnel on receiving the report
moved to the scenes to restore order, adding that the gunmen fled on
sighting the troops.
However, some of the villagers complained to news-men that no help
came from security men, who were not too far away while the attack
Speaking after the mass burial for those killed at Tatu, the outgoing
President of Church of Christ in All Nations, COCIN, Reverend Soja
Bewarang condemned the killings, wondering why it could happen with
security men around.
He urged government and the security agencies to take necessary steps
to check the frequent attacks on innocent communities as the attackers
appeared bent on wiping out the people of the state.
STF kills 3
Meanwhile, three people were reportedly shot dead by members of the
STF at Shishiri, Pajat Ward of Langtang North Local Government Area of
Plateau State, following a commotion during the councillorship
primaries of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the area.
A group of young men, alleged to have been drunk, were said to have
attacked one of the officials conducting the primaries.
The security men attempted to rescue him but were allegedly attacked,
forcing them to open fire on the rampaging youths.
The youths allegedly threw stones and other missiles at the soldiers,
who reportedly repelled them by firing shots.
The killings resulted in pandemonium as angry youths began a protest,
The STF Media Officer, Captain Salisu Mustapha, could not be reached
for comments at press time.