4 February 2014

Nigeria: Scores Killed in Plateau State, Reports

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Abuja — UNKNOWN gunmen have reportedly killed at least 30 people in Rajak and Atakar villages in Riyom Local government area of Plateau State.

An eyewitness, who escaped narrowly into Jos, told local media that the attackers numbering about 100 stormed the two villages in the night leading to Tuesday.

He said scores sustained wounds from gun shots and machete cuts, with several houses razed down. He said 19 were killed in Rajat and 11 in Atakar.

Confirming the story, the member representing Riyom Constituency in the State House of Assembly, Mr Daniel Dem described the incident as "pathetic."

He said among those killed were two members of the Special Task Force (STF) keeping peace in the state.

“As I speak now, those killed are being given mass burial. Scores that were injured have been taken to the hospitals, while many others have fled their homes to neighbouring villages in Kaduna State.”

Dem called on the federal government to deploy more troops and to mount air surveillance over the communities to prevent further attacks.

When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Felicia Anselm confirmed the attack but declined to give casualty figure.

She said she was not yet briefed number of persons killed. - CAJ News

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