Leadership (Abuja)

25 January 2013

Nigeria: Nine Feared Killed in Attack in Wase

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Unknown gunmen (file photo)

Nine persons were feared dead on Wednesday night when gunmen attacked Wadata, a border community in Wase Local Government Area of Plateau State.

An eyewitness who craved anonymity, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Wase yesterday that the members of the community only woke up to discover the dead bodies of the victims.

"We were taken by surprise this morning when we woke up to discover that some of our people were silently attacked and killed by unknown gunmen.

"What frightened us the most is the quiet manner the attackers carried out their act. The attackers also did not take anything from the houses of the victims."

A security source confirmed to NAN that Alhaji Mohammed Zakari, Chairman, Wase Local Government, had visited the scene of the attack along with Lt Col. Benjamin Olalo, the Special Task Force (STF) Sector Commander in charge of Plateau South.

Also on the chairman's entourage was Mrs Naomi Isah, the Divisional Police Officer in Wase.

Contacted, STF spokesman Capt. Salisu Mustapha, confirmed the Wase attack, but said that he was yet to get details.

"We got the report of the Wase attack, but details have not reached my office.

"I have also learnt that the Sector Commander in charge of the area has gone to the scene along with the council chairman and other officials.

"As soon as I get the details, I will furnish you with them."

The Police Public Relations Officer in Plateau State, Abraham Ayomanor, also confirmed the incident.

"We are aware of the attack, but we have yet to get the full details and cannot be sure of the number of casualties," he said.

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