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The Plateau State Police Command has confirmed the death of eight persons in the latest attack in Barkin Ladi local government of the state.

According to a statement signed by the Police Public Relation Officer, DSP Terna Tyopev late Wednesday evening, “On the 28/08/2018 at about 2000hrs, the Plateau State Police Command, Jos received an information that some communities in Foron District of Barkin Ladi LGA namely; Abonong and Zayit were under attack by unknown gunmen. The Command quickly mobilised to the communities.

“While the Police were approaching the areas, the attackers sighted them from a far and ran away from the scene of crime. As a result of the attack, Eight (8) persons lost their lives, three (3) people were injured, ninety five (95) houses were burnt down and three hundred and ten (310) Cattle were stolen. Property and food stuff were looted and destroyed.

“The Police Command has deployed more personnel to the areas to prevent further attacks. Investigation is ongoing to track and arrest the perpetrators of the dastardly act to face the consequences of their actions.”

Earlier in the week, The Nation reported concerns about plans by certain forces to instigate more violence between farmers and herders in Plateau state. This attack is coming in 24 hours after the report.

However, the security agencies said they have not arrested anyone over the attacks and killings. They said they have already lunched investigation into the killings.


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