5th September, 2011
Despite beefing up of security in the state, at least 14 persons were feared dead in fresh violence that erupted in different parts of Plateau state today.
Todayâ€™s killings, P.M.NEWS learnt, brings the number of the dead to 25 between yesterday and today in two separate attacks in Babale and Dabwak villages in Jos North and Jos South local government areas.
Eye witnesses told P.M.NEWS that the alleged attackers who raided Babale village Sunday midnight came in three Opel Vectra saloon cars.
According to him, the attackers suspected to be Fulani herdsmen shot arbitrarily and killed more than 14 people and burnt houses, they kept communicating using torchlight.
One of the survivors, Tabitha Danjuma also confirmed that she heard the assailants communicating with some persons she described as members of Special Military Task Force on Jos crisis.
“I think some STF members helped the attackers to carryout the killings”.
Tired and sick of incessant violence and killings, Chairman of Jos North local government council Barrister Timothy Buba described todayâ€™s attack as horrible and sad.
Buba hinted that the state and federal governments will do everything to get to the root of the matter and punish the perpetrators of this heinous act in the area.
At Dabwak village near Kuru in Jos South Local Government Area of the state capital, eight people including a 74-year old man, his wife and two grand children were shot dead around 10 p.m. yesterday night by unknown Fulani assailants in the area.
By Femi Adi/Kaduna