Thursday, March 6, 2014

NEWS UPDATE: 16 Killed & 200 Houses Burnt in Fresh Plateau Attack by Gunmen

Unknown heavily-armed gunmen have again killed 16 people and burnt down about 200 houses in four communities in the Riyom Local Government area of Plateau State.

The state government has described the assailants as terrorists.

The Riyom Local Government area has been crisis ridden for over a decade now following irreconcilable differences between the Berom natives and the Fulani herdsmen in their midst.

Source gathered on Wednesday that the gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, accompanied by people in military uniform, stormed the four communities in the early hours and started attacking homes and shooting innocent people in the locality.

The affected communities are Torok, Gwon, Gwarama and Gwarim.

Confirming the incident to newsmen in Jos, Majority Leader in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Daniel Dem, who is representing  Riyom State Constituency, described the constant killings of villagers in his locality as sad.

He confirmed that 10 persons mostly women and children were burnt to death by their attackers in the Rim District of his council.

According to him, many homes were burnt in the Wednesday attacks.

Dem further said he believes the military Special Task Force (STF) deployed to restore law and order in the area were also involved in the killings taking place in the communities.

“In most of the villages attacked there are presence of men of the STF, and so why are they not going after the attackers,’’ he asked rhetorically.

A community leader who gave his name as Bot called for the withdrawal of the STF men, accusing them of doing more harm to the people than protecting them.

He stressed that as the raining season is approaching, ‘’I don’t think our people can go to their farms because of fear of constant attacks by gunmen’’.

When contacted, Plateau State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Felcia Aslem, confirmed that there was an attack in Rim and its environs but declined to comment on the number of those killed in the attack.

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