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6 killed as gunmen attack Plateau village

At least six persons were killed at Wereng village in the Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State after gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen besieged the community Thursday night.

The attack came on the heels of rumours that the villagers might be attacked any moment, but it remains unclear if security agencies acted on the information.

The Police and the Management Committee Chairman of the Local Government Area, Mafeng Gwallson confirmed the raid.

Police spokesman, ASP Gabriel Ubah, said, “Yes, the Command is aware of the unfortunate attack at a beer parlour in Wereng village of Riyom LGA where six persons lost their lives. 

“The Commissioner of Police Condemned the incident, directed the Area Commander to relocate to the area and more personnel were deployed to ensure that normalcy is restored.

“Meanwhile investigation is on to unravel the circumstances that led to the attack and bring the perpetrators to book.”

Mr. Gwallson however, said, “Yes, there was an attack by suspected herdsmen, where six people were killed and three seriously injured but recuperating.”

Wereng, like most communities in the northern part of the state, had under attack a number of times before now.

Most of the rural dwellers in the state are at the mercy of the insurgents as the joint military task force, Operation Safe Haven, seems to be incapable of bringing an end to the decade-long blitz by marauding gunmen.

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