- Unknown gunmen have reportedly killed 10 people in two fresh attacks on Plateau community
- Five people were also reportedly injured during the attacks
- The attack came less than a week after about 200 persons from one of the IDP camps in Jos were relocated back to their villages
Ten people have been reportedly killed while five others injured in two fresh attacks launched on communities in Barki Ladi local government area of Plateau state by unknown gunmen from December 24 to December 25.
The Punch reports that five of the victims were killed on Wednesday night while they were celebrating the Christmas season at Rawuru community of the LG while five others died after the gunmen attacked them in a hotel located at Gwol the previous day.
These fresh attacks came barely one week after the special task force deployed to restore peace in the state evacuated over 200 persons from one of the IDP camps in Jos back to their villages.
A leader in the community, Francis Chong, who confirmed the fresh attack said it occurred just after the celebration of Christmas in the village.
Chong said: "Yes, I can confirm to you that the attacks actually took place. What happened was that on Wednesday, seven people were moving about in Rawuru community after celebrating the Christmas party organised in the locality when they suddenly came under attack by the gunmen. Five of them died as a result of gunshot wounds while two others are still in the hospital
“Before the attack in Rawuru, five other villagers were shot and killed the previous day while they were also celebrating the season in a hotel in Gwol community. From the look of things, this is a clear case of resumption of terror attacks on the people and we are calling on the security agencies to rise up to the occasion and stop the fresh onslaught against our people."
However, the spokesman for the state Police Command, DSP Mathias Terna, said he was attending a security meeting when contacted over the development.
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Legit.ng reported in October 2018 that about 72 suspects were apprehended by the military in connection with the violence in Jos, the Plateau state capital.
Maj Gen. Augustine Agundu said that 30 out of the 72 suspects had confessed to their crimes. He condemned what he described as the conspiracy of silence among elders and elite in the state, warning that the military would no longer tolerate any further attempt to attack the troops.
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