Armed men have killed 12 people in an attack on Kunben village in Kombun District of Mangu, Plateau State, north-central Nigeria.
Bittertruth Media gathered that the attack, which happened on Wednesday night, left some villagers with various degrees of injury and have been taken to the General Hospital in Mangu for treatment.
Confirming the sad incident, spokesman for the police in the state, Mathias Tyopev, said that the police had deployed security personnel in the area to forestall any breakdown of law and order.
“In the early hours of today, we received a distress call that gunmen, suspected to be herdmen attacked Kulben community of Kombun District of Mangu,” he said.
“As a result, 12 persons lost their lives and one was severely injured.
“Immediately we received the information, the commissioner in charge of the command, Mr Isaac Akinmoyede, directed the DCP in charge of Operations, Mr Aliyu Tafida to mobilise to the scene.”
The governor of the state, Simon Lalong, along with the deputy governor and security chiefs in the state, earlier visited the village to commiserate with the people and condemned the attack in strong terms.
Similarly President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the attack through his media aide, Garba Shehu, asking the security agencies to stop further attacks.
“President Muhammadu Buhari strongly condemns the gunmen attack on Mangu Local Government in Plateau State and is in contact with the Governor, Simon Lalong and the military, police and other security agencies in the state to ascertain details of what happened and what can be done to forestall a future occurrence,” Shehu said.
“President Buhari said he is shocked and grieved by the incident and has urged security agencies in the state to increase vigilance to stop further attacks on innocent communities.”