Gunmen kill 17 persons in fresh Plateau state attack

Gunmen have killed seventeen people during attack launched at about 1am on Heipang community located in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State, when majority of the resident were asleep on Thursday

Penpushing reports that the spokesperson of Operation Safe Haven, a multi-security taskforce in the state, Ola James, confirmed the incident adding that troops of the operation have been deployed to the community to restore law and order.

‘There was an early warning signal that some bandits could launch attacks in the area which prompted the operation to mount checkpoints in the area but the bandits followed another route, and attacked the community. 17 were confirmed killed’, he said.

‘The commander of Operation Safe Hven(OPSH) was in the attacked community. We suspect that it was a reprisal attack following the incident that happened on Monday. We have deployed our men to restore law and order in the area’, the spokesperson said.

Penpushing further reports that a youth leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) John Pam who also confirmed the incident  disclosed that  his brother was killed in the attack, and in  Berom Youth Moulders-Association (BYM), in reaction condemned the killing of the commuter, explaining that the attack was purely an act of criminality by enemies of peace.

Meanwhile, findings showed that the latest attack is coming three days after a commuter, who was returning from Kara, a cattle market in Bukuru was attacked and killed in the Heipang area.

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