30 Killed, 40 Houses Burnt As Gunmen Attack Village In Plateau

30 Killed, 40 Houses Burnt As Gunmen Attack Village In Plateau

By Ekemini Ekwere | News Reporter on January 7, 2014
Police officers stand behind burnt out motor taxis following last Friday's suicide bombing outside the state police headquarters in Kano, Nigeria, on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. (Photo Credit: AP/Sunday Alamba)

PLATEAU – Tragedy struck the city of Riyom in Plateau state on Monday 6th January 2014, as gunmen raided Shonong in Bachit District leaving 30 dead and 25 others injured.

The attacks, which also left 40 houses burnt down, came just 12 days after the burial of the acting head of Shonong and Attarkar who was killed on December 23rd 2013.

Punch reports:

Our  correspondent gathered from eye-witnesses that apart from those killed, over 40 houses were torched by the gunmen believed to be Fulani cattle rearers . Also affected were domestic animals belonging to the villagers.

The attackers were said to have stormed the village around 7am on Monday  in a commando-like  manner, shooting sporadically. Those killed were caught in the pandemonium that followed staccato bursts of gunfire.

Shom Toma, one of the survivors, who is receiving treatment  at the Vom Christian Hospital, Jos, told journalists  that the attackers  numbering over 100  struck  at a time  most of the villagers had gone to their farms.

Toma said he was moulding some blocks near  his house when he heard  gunshots. He said most of the victims were children and elderly people.

The  Executive Director of Stefanos Foundation, Mr. Mark Lipdo, said that information available to him indicated that   the dead could be over 30.

He added  that a search team was  still   going round the village looking for  some of the villagers who ran into bushes with gunshot wounds .

Lipdo  said, “Information just reaching us says Fulani herdsmen attacked  Bachit, Shorong in Riyom LGA. Sources said  over 30 bodies were seen in some parts of the community, including  the bushes.

“The villagers are presently watching helplessly  as soldiers have taken no action because they said they have not been  given order to take action.”

But the   Plateau State Police Commissioner, Mr. Chris Olakpe, said, “I was told that only four people were killed and a couple of houses burnt.”


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