11 killed in fresh attack in Plateau

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Fulani/Farmers Clashes

No fewer than 11 people have been  killed at Zamadede of  Pil-Gani district of Langtang North Local Government Area of Plateau State in the early hours of Monday in a fresh onslaught that had pitted Fulani herdsmen and local inhabitants.

The incident is coming a week after  a group of gunmen  opened fire at a group of Muslim worshipers in Bukuru area  of Jos South local government area of the state wounding  three persons .

It was gathered that the herdsmen attacked the villagers while they were still asleep, ransacking two communities in the area.

Among those killed were said to be  a  45-year-old mother with her little son and a pregnant woman.

The gunmen on approaching the villages were said to have shot severally and sporadically waking the villagers from their slumber and burning their homes as some of them tried to escape

An eyewitness, Mrs Baby Hosea, who lost two members of her family, told our correspondent that the hoodlums took them unawares while they were fast asleep.

She said, “We were just sleeping when all of a sudden we heard gunshots all over the place. Confused, people ran out of their houses; while some were lucky to have escaped, others just ran into the hoodlums only to be cut down to death.”

Member representing Langtang  North and South constituency in the House of Representatives,  Ms. Beni Lar, who described the incident as sad, also  expressed worries over the recent attacks on her constituents.

She told newsmen at her family residence in Jos that  the new wave of attacks has  disrupted the of peace in the community.
She described  communities attacked  as peace-loving and hard working farmers.

Lar said, “I wonder why some people could be so cruel as to  take the   lives of innocent citizens, particularly at the time the federal government through the national conference is trying to find a lasting solution to farmers/herdsmen clashes.”

The lawmaker  appealed  to the people of her constituents to remain calm as security agencies would fish out perpetrators of the attack.

Police Public Relations Officer,  DSP Abu Emmanuel, said the policemen in the area are trying to get the details of the incident.

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