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Gunmen attack Plateau community, kill 40, burn houses

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Suspected bandits on Monday, reportedly attacked Zurak village in Bashar District of Wase Local Government Area of Plateau State, killed over 40 persons, and set many houses ablaze.

Residents of the community, who confirmed the incident to newsmen in Jos on Tuesday, disclosed that the incident occurred around 7 pm on Monday when people in the community were going about their normal activities. Still, they could not report the incident due to the poor communication network in the area.

Also, confirming the development, a youth leader in the area, Sahpi’i Sambo said the bandits arrived at the community riding on two to three motorcycles, with sophisticated weapons and started shooting sporadically at everyone.

He said, “More than 40 people were killed while many others were injured.”

Residents of the village have fled to neighbouring communities to have cover. As of yesterday, security personnel had not yet arrived at the community. It was a deadly attack”.

A spokesman for the state police command, Sahpi’i Sambo is yet to respond to the inquiry as of the time of filing this report.

“We are in a meeting. I will call you later please”, the PPRO said.

Also, the spokesman for the Military Taskforce in Plateau State, Samson Zhakom, asked for time to get details of what transpired in the Council Area.

Let me get to the Sector Commander in charge of the area. I will get back to you “, he said.

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