Massacre in Plateau as gunmen kill 21 villagers


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By Polycarp Auta

Unknown gunmen have killed 21 people in Baton and Rayogot, Heipang District, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Rwang Tengwong, the National Publicity Secretary of Berom Youth Movement (BYM), a socio-cultural group, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Jos.

Tengwong said that the attack on the communities occurred at 1:26 a.m. on Thursday, and left seven other persons with various degrees of injuries.

Tengwong, who decried the unprovoked attacks in some parts of the state, called on government and security agencies to rise to the challenge and end arbitrary killings in the state.

“Twenty-one people have been killed in an attack in two different villages in Heipang District of Barkin Ladi.

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”The attackers, who came around 1:26 a.m. killed 17 People at Batin of Heipang town while four others were killed at Rayogot.

”Seven other persons sustained various degrees of injuries,” he said.

The spokesperson, however, called on residents of the communities to remain calm and be law abiding.

In a swift reaction to the incident, Gov. Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau condemned the attacks and called on security agencies to fish out the perpetrators and bring them to book.

Mutfwang’s condemnation of the act and order to security agencies is contained in a statement issued in Jos by Mr Gyang Bere, the governor’s Director of Press and Public Affairs (DOPPA).

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