Plateau Attack: 78 Persons Killed, 70 Abducted, 100 Houses Burnt

Bandits have killed over 78 persons, abducted 70, and wounded several others in communities in Kanam and Wase local government areas of Plateau State.

They also burnt over 100 houses during the invasion on Sunday.

The communities are Kukawa, Gyambawu, Dungur, Kyaram, Yelwa, Dadda, Wanka, Shuwaka, Gwammadaji and Dadin Kowa villages.

A member of the affected communities, Mr. Fanya Ali, who spoke to newsmen in Jos, said 36 persons were killed in Kukawa village while in Gyambawu 24 persons lost their lives, eight persons were killed in Kyaram and 10 persons died in Wanka community.

He also added that the number of dead bodies in the bush could not be accounted for as at the time of filing in this report.

Our correspondent gathered that some victims were admitted in Dengi General Hospital and Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) as at Monday morning.

Another eyewitness, who gave his name as Sariki Bitrus, added that over 70 persons were abducted during the encounter that lasted for several hours on Sunday.

He further added that among those abducted were women and children from the affected localities.

Bitrus added that several persons in the communities are currently displaced following the invasion of their homes by the gunmen.

The spokesperson of the state Police Command, ASP Ubah Gabriel, who spoke to newsmen over the development, said he was not in a position to give the exact number of casualties for now.

According to him, the men of the state police command since Sunday have been deployed to the affected communities.

“I will give you the full details of the number of casualties soon”, he added.

Meanwhile, the Plateau Elders Forum has lamented the killing of innocent persons in Kanam and Wase local government councils of the state.

A statement signed by Jonathan Ishaku, the spokesman of Plateau Elders Forum and made available to Daily Independent, read, “Just within a week of our press release condemning terrorist attacks on Miango villages in Bassa Local Government Area (LGA) and Rantis in Barkin Ladi LGA, bandits have allegedly killed several persons, wounded many and abducted over 70 in Kanam LGA on Sunday.

“This is again very sad and we strongly condemn it.

“This seemingly escalation of violence on our communities further justifies the earlier call the Plateau Elders Forum made on the Plateau State government in conjunction with the security forces to deal drastically with terrorists that have invaded the state.

“Meanwhile, we extend our condolences to the bereaved families and succour to the injured.”

Ishaku called on security agencies to ensure the immediate rescue of all abducted persons.

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