In a fresh attack, Unknown assailants suspected to be Fulani
herdsmen have attacked and killed five persons in Rakung area in
the outskirts of Barkin Ladi town in the state. This is just barely 24 hours after 11 persons were killed in Zamadede pil-gani district of Lantang North Local Government area of Plateau State.
The gunmen reportedly stormed the village at midnight yesterday
when the residents were fast asleep, and killed their victims.
Following the incident, some irate youths in the area were said to
have blocked the major road in protest, but were quickly dispersed
by some Special Task Force (STF) personnel deployed to the area.
Spokesman of the task force, Capt. Ikedichi Iweha, who confirmed
the incident, however added that among the dead, were some of
He said the troops of the STF responded swiftly to a distress call
and were able to ward off the attackers before they could inflict
heavy injuries on the hapless villagers.
Iweha added that the soldiers were also able to disperse the
youths who tried to take advantage of the situation to cause
“As I talk to you now, normalcy has been restored to the area as a
result of the quick response of our men. They were also able to
disperse the youths who blocked the major road and there is
presently no danger to the travelling public,” he said.