NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA
June 28, 2013
Forty-eight people have been killed in violence in Langtang South Local Government Area of Plateau since it started on Thursday, the Special Task Force (STF) in the state said.
The STF spokesman, Capt. Salisu
Mustapha, told the News Agency of
Nigeria (NAN) in Jos on Friday that invading gunmen killed 28 persons
in Magama, Bongong and Karkashi
communities, while the STF killed 20 of them “in a gun duel that lasted several
hours’’. He said that many other assailants sustained gunshot wounds and were arrested by the STF. “Some motorcycles, weapons and ammunition were also recovered,’’ he added.
Mustapha said that the attackers were
suspected to be Fulani herdsmen and that they withdrew toward Yamini,Yelwa-Shendam and Agikamai villages in Shendam Local Government Area after
the attack. He, however, said the situation had been brought under control as more troops had been deployed to secure the area.
Mustapha said “STF personnel are
conducting a robust patrol to guard
against further attacks on innocent
persons.’’ He advised the people to go about their normal businesses and warned that securitymen would deal with anyone caught making trouble in the area. “Individuals or groups of persons that have made themselves the enemies of the people will be treated as such because we shall fish them out and deal with them,’’ he warned.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Langtang
South Local Government, Mr Naanman
Darko, said that more than 6,000
displaced persons were taking refuge at
the local government headquarters in Mabudi. “In fact, more people are still trooping into the secretariat following rumours that more attacks are underway,’’ he said. Darko said nine injured persons were being treated at Langtang South General Hospital.
“The local government has been making
arrangements to provide relief materials to the displaced persons. “We have also reached out to the State
Emergency Management Agency and had
been assured that assistance is already
underway,’’ he added.