Twenty people were killed while several houses got burnt when nine villages in Riyom and Barkin Ladi local government areas of Plateau state were attacked on Saturday morning by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

The attacked villages include: Berom villages of Kakuruk, Kuzen, Ngyo, Kogoduk, Ruk, Dogo, Kufang, Kpapkpiduk, and Kai in Gashishi district of Barkin Ladi local government area

The attackers according to Channelstv sources were about one hundred and they stormed the villages in a commando style dressed in black attire with bullet proof vests and sophisticated weapons.

After invading the villages, the attackers proceeded to nearby villages in Riyom local government area where they destroyed properties and set houses ablaze but were repelled by the people who got information of the attack in Barkin Ladi.

The representative of Barakin-Ladi and Riyom federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Honourable, Simon Madwakon confirmed the incident describing it as unfortunate and barbaric which is coming at a time that all hands are on deck to bring lasting peace to the area.

According to the parliamentarian, he had complained to various authorities concerned over the presence of terrorist group within the two local government areas without any attention.

He said further that it was surprising that such deadly attacks could take place with the state of emergency in place in the communities. He however confirmed that no fewer than twenty dead bodies had been recovered while many more are still being discovered.