Gunmen kill 25 persons, raze houses in Plateau

Gunmen kill 25 persons, raze houses in Plateau

Locals in Dundu community of Bassa local government area of Plateau State north central Nigeria Tuesday morning woke up to an unpleasant surprise; 25 villagers were ambushed and shot dead by suspected Fulani herdsmen, on Monday night.

The gunmen attacked the village said to be in the boundary community between Plateau and Kaduna states.

A correspondent of NAN, who visited the village, observed that smoke was still billowing from some of the houses set ablaze, while many residents had fled to villages considered safer. The attack, Naija News understands, happened on the night of Monday 12th March 2018.

According to the village head, Daniel Kadzia, the attackers invaded the village in a commando style and perfected their dastardly acts within few minutes having noticed that the youths and the men had gone for mining at that time of the day.

Terna Tyopev, police public relations officer (PPRO), who confirmed the incident, said the attack left scores severely injured and many properties destroyed.

"Twenty five 25 people were killed in the attack and two injured".

Tyopev said, "Yes, there has been an attack but right now, we don't have the figure but the DCP Operations is on his way to the village to ascertain the true position".

Lalong said during President Muhammad Buhari's visit to the state for the unveiling and launh of the Plateau Roadmap to Peace document that the effort was aimed at complimenting the efforts of security agencies.

The latest attack comes days after at least 16 people were killed when suspected herdsmen attacked another Plateau community.