Gunmen storm Plateau villages, kill 20, injure several others

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The police command in Plateau says gunmen have killed 20 persons in the Baton and Rayogot of Heipang District, Barkin Ladi Local Government of the state.

DSP Alfred Alabo, the command’s public relations officer, confirmed the incident in a statement on Thursday in Jos.

The Berom Youth Movement (BYM), a socio-cultural group, had said 21 persons were killed and seven injured in the attacks.

According to Mr Alabo, the incident occurred in the wee hours of Thursday.

”At about 5:00 a.m. today, the command received information from one Rwang Danjuma of Heipang District that between 2:00 a.m. to 2:30 a.m., gunmen stormed Baton village, where they shot and killed 17 people.

”From there, the hoodlums proceeded to Rayogot village and killed three persons.

”As a result, several other people sustained varying degrees of injuries from gunshots,” he said.

Mr Alabo added that the divisional police officer in Barkin Ladi led a team to restore normalcy in the area.

He explained that the injured persons were receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.

He advised residents of the state to remain peaceful and law-abiding at all times.


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