No fewer than 78 persons were killed and several others inflicted gunshots injuries when bandits invaded communities in Kanam and Wase local government areas of Plateau State.
The incident which occurred on Sunday afternoon lasted for several hours, leaving women, children and the aged displaced from the affected communities.
A member of the community, Fanya Ali, who escaped death confirmed the incident, and said the villagers were attacked on Sunday afternoon when they were going about their lawful activities.
He said members of the communities cried and wailed as they counted the number of the deaths as if they were counting votes during an election.
Fanta gave names of the communities attacked by the bandits and the number of casualties as follows: “Kukawa – 36; Gyambau -24; Kyaram – 8 and Wanka -10, bringing the total to 78”.
It was gathered that several houses were burnt with foodstuffs and valuable items whole those who sustained gunshots injuries are receiving medical attention in Kanam and Jos University, Teaching Hospital (JUTH).
Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, vowed to make it difficult for terrorists and other criminals to set their bases in any part of the State and use the same to launch attacks on innocent citizens.
Lalong, while reacting to the terrorist attacks on the communities, condemned the irresponsible act and vowed that those behind it will be made to pay a heavy price.
He expressed deep regrets over the dastardly act and said he has directed security forces to dominate the area after their initial response which put a stop to the carnage.
Lalong said the State has already approached the Federal Government for collaboration to deal with the terrorists hibernating in the general area once and for all, to enable people to go about their legitimate businesses without molestation and harassment.