11 killed in continuing herdsmen/farmers' clashes in Northcentral Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria Police on Monday said that 11 people were killed in another round of attacks by herdsmen gunmen in Lopandet Dwei Du area of Jos South local government area of Plateau State, North central Nigeria.

Nigeria Police Spokesman for Plateau State, Mr Tyopev Terna, who confirmed the figures of casualties also said 12 persons were wounded in the attack and are currently receiving treatment at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) and Plateau Specialist Hospital.

The incident is said to have occurred on Sunday at about 8.30 pm.

The attack is coming just four days after a similar attack took place in communities of Foron District of Barikin Ladi LGA of the state.

On Sunday, at about 8.30 pm, “the Plateau State Police Command, Jos received a distress call to the effect that unknown gunmen attacked Lopandet Dwei Du Area of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State. The Command immediately mobilised to the scene of crime.

"On arrival, we discovered that some people were shot. The victims were immediately rushed to Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) and Plateau Specialist Hospital. As a result of the attack, eleven (11) persons were confirmed dead by doctors from both hospitals while (12) persons were wounded and are now on admission receiving treatment,” Mr Terna said.

In previous attacks, the warring parties, Berom and Fulani communities, blamed each other as being responsible.

Spokesperson of Berom Community in Jos, Mr Jatau Davou, however, said that 13 corpses were recovered and they are still looking for more.

“Eyewitnesses saw people in military uniform on motorbikes, well equipped,” he said.

According to Mr Terna, more security personnel have been deployed to the area to prevent further attacks and investigation into the crime is ongoing.
-0- PANA MON/VAO 3Sept2018

03 september 2018 15:57:09

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