Gunmen have attacked two villages in Plateau State, killing eight persons, burning down 95 houses, and stealing more than 300 cattle.
The gunmen struck the villages – Abonong and Zayit – in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday night.
Spokesperson of the Plateau State Police Command, Tyopev Terna, said the police received a report about the attack at about 8 pm that night and deployed additional personnel in the area to restore law and order in the area and prevent further attacks.
“On the 28/08/2018 at about 2000hrs, the Plateau State Police Command, Jos received an information that some communities in Foron District of Barkin Ladi LGA namely; Abonong and Zayit were under attack by unknown gunmen,” he said in a statement.
“The Command quickly mobilised to the communities. While the Police were approaching the areas, the attackers sighted them from afar and ran away from the scene of crime.
“As a result of the attack, Eight (8) persons lost their lives, three (3) people were injured, ninety-five (95) houses were burnt down and three hundred and ten (310) Cattle were stolen.”
Apart from deploying more personnel “to prevent further attacks”, the police are trying to nab the gunmen.
“Investigation is ongoing to track and arrest the perpetrators of the dastardly act to face the consequences of their actions,” Terna said.