Suspected Herdsmen Kill 25 Persons In Plateau Attack


He said residents have since fled the community.

The Nigerian Army says its troops on Wednesday discovered 23 dead bodies in a village in Plateau State.

Punch reports that the attackers engaged the security personnels in a fierce battle at Dung Kasa, Rafiki and Dutse Kura communities in Bassa Local Government Area the state. As troops moved in to settle the dispute, the herdsmen opened fire on troops convoy.

"While conducting search, troops discovered 23 dead bodies at Mararaba Dare shortly before Rafiki village and many civilians were wounded".

Plateau State governor Simon Lalong announced a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the entire Bassa local government area to end hostilities.

"We lost two of our men, two others were injured and are receiving treatment in hospital", said Major Umar Adamu.

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No group has claimed responsibility for the attack and no details have been provided yet of the attackers.

Many houses were reportedly set ablaze in the latest round of attacks in the state which President Muhammadu Buhari visited last week.

He also said there were no security operatives in the area.

The governor's aide called on the affected communities to embrace peace, assuring that efforts were on to unravel the immediate and remote causes of the problem.

Two soldiers died in the clash between Irigwe people and Fulani in Rafiki village behind Marxwel Khobe Cantonment, Rukuba, Jos, Plateau State.

This would be the 5th attack of the last weeks as citizens of the Miango community are now undertaking a protest, for the past attacks of 8th and 9th March (when president Buhari was visiting) i.e., where 18 people were killed.