14 killed, scores injured in Plateau night raid

By The Rainbow

The merchants of death once again struck Jo’s Plateau State leaving their marks behind. It was Sunday night turned bloody as no fewer than 14 persons were  killed and several others injured by suspected Fulani attackers at Kwata, Jos South Local Government Area of the State‎.

A source in the community, Mr. John Dalyop, relayed that the Fulani had written to warn the community of Kwata, Trade Centre, and Kuru that they were not going to enjoy a peaceful Christmas season, but the communities took the warning lightly.

Sunday night the Fulani lived up to their threat, when they attacked about six houses in Kwata leaving not less than 14 dead.

Re-counting the ordeal, Dalyop said the attackers arrived the community at about 9pm broke into their houses through the weak doors and windows, most of which are made from zinc roofing sheets‎.

“They hacked down helpless children and women‎, leaving them in the pool of their blood. Others who tried to escape into the nearby bush were shot by the attackers.”

Another source said that the attackers communicated only in English and Hausa languages throughout the raid, adding that men of the community were yet to return home from where they had gone to relax.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abu Emmanuel confirmed that there was an attack in the community, but however said the casualty figure could not be ascertained.

“The Police Commissioner has drafted men to the scene of the sad incidence. Efforts are made to ensure that the perpetrators of the act are arrested.

“We are appealing to the public to go about their normal businesses as the situation has been put under control, he added.

-Emmanuel Ikechukwu
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