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Plateau Boils Again as Gunmen Kill 36, Razes Houses

North Local Government Area of Plateau state is boiling again as unknown gunmen stormed the community at 10 pm Tuesday, killed 36 persons instantly and razed several houses in that community.

The gunmen, according to eyewitnesses stormed the community with sophisticated weapons and started shooting sporadically indiscriminately, killing the victims while several others sustained injuries.

However, many of the attacks have been rushed to the Bingham University Teaching Hospital in Jos.

Ujah Johnson Jauro, the paramount ruler of the Anaguta ethnic nationality in the state, on Wednesday confirmed the attack to The PUNCH.

“Yes, it’s true. I have been informed that some gunmen attacked my people last night in Naraguta community with many casualties. But we are still investigating to know what really happened, ” the Paramount ruler said.

The Councilor for Ahwol Ward in the community, Yusuf Ali, who also confirmed the attack, said that people were burnt alive in the affected area.

Another resident, Jeremiah Bulus, said, “corpses have been taken to the mortuary this morning and people are still making efforts to recover more corpses from several houses which the gunmen also set ablaze. The situation is really bad for the people ”

According to the Councillor, the gunmen first vandalised the iron bridge linking the community before attacking the people which made it difficult for the security agents to assess the area when they were contacted over the attacks

He said “The gunmen were just shooting in every direction when they arrived the community around 10 pm. For now, dead bodies have been recovered and we are still searching for more victims because the shooting was too much.

“When the attack was going on, the Chairman of the Local Government called the security agents to mobilize to the area but it was discovered that the gunmen destroyed the iron bridge linking the community.”

The Spokesman for the Plateau Police Command, Ubah Ogaba, could not be reached when contacted.

Also, several calls put across to the Military Information Officer of the Operation Safe Have , Major Ishaku Takwa, were not answered as of the time of filing this report.

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