13 February 2013

Nigeria: Gunmen Kill Six Persons in Plateau

Jos — Three farmers were gunned down at Kassa village in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State when attackers opened fire on them as they worked on their farm.

About 23 cows were also killed during the attack, while nine were injured and five declared missing.

However, two of the attackers were also killed by members of the Special Task Force, STF, who moved promptly to the scene and engaged them in a shoot out.

Media Officer of the STF, Captain Salisu Mustapha, who confirmed the attack in a statement, said four of the attackers were arrested with arms and ammunition seized from them.

He said three AK-47 rifles, one locally made rifle, 45 rounds of 7 .62mm special and 31 cartridges were recovered from the assailants.

He urged the people of the state to remain vigilant and warned that those bent on threatening the peace of the state would be treated as enemies of the state.

Meantime, three people were again shot dead in Plateau State as gunmen attacked the premises of the West African Milk Company Limited, WAMCO, Monday night, killing the three securitymen on duty.

The assailants, according to eyewitnesses, struck at about 10 p.m. at the company's premises at Kaduna-Vom in Jos South LGA. It was not clear whether they were robbers or had another mission.

Men of the Special Task Force, STF, responded swiftly and succeeded in killing two of the attackers while others escaped.

Three farmers had earlier on Monday been gunned down at Kassa village in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area while working on their farm.

The prompt intervention of security men resulted in the killing of two of the attackers and the recovery of arms and ammunition from those arrested.

Official confirmation of the attack on WAMCO from the STF or the army was still being awaited at the time of this report.

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