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Again, gunmen kill six, set church ablaze in Plateau

Again, gunmen kill six, set church ablaze in Plateau

No fewer than six people were again killed in Plateau State at the weekend even as a church was set ablaze in a renewed attack on the state. The attack, which resulted in the killing of six and the burning of a church, took place in Marabar Kantoma, a village located along the boundary of Mangu and Barkin Ladi Local Government Areas in Plateau State.

A source in the village said the attack occurred at about 1a.m on Saturday night when gunmen believed to be Fulani herdsmen invaded the village, shooting sporadically. A child to a pastor in the village was killed in the attack along with five others, the source said. One church belonging to the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) was equally razed in the attack that lasted for hours, it was learnt.

But the military joint task force, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), deployed to restore law and order in Plateau, Bauchi and southern Kaduna yesterday confirmed the killing of four people by gunmen in Dorowa village of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the state. Spokesman of the task force, Major Adam Umar in a statement made available to journalists in Jos said: “OPSH notes with dismay the continued attitude of some criminal elements in Plateau State to make the state ungovernable through some unwarranted attacks on some communities and the innocent villagers despite the tireless efforts of the operation.

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