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Nigeria: Six killed in village attack in Plateau State

29th Jul 2013

JOS, (Xinhua): Six people were confirmed dead Sunday by military and local government officials in central north Nigeria’s Plateau State, following an attack by unknown gunmen on a village in the state.

Muhamadu Zakari, chairman of a local government council, told reporters in the state capital of Jos that five villagers and one assailant were killed in an attack on Kumbur village.

The attackers also injured several others, Zakari said.

Salisu Mustapha, spokesperson for the Special Task Force (STF), also confirmed the attack, saying the STF personnel, who rushed to the scene of the attack, killed one of the fleeing assailants.

Mustapha said the attackers had wanted to use the village route to launch a heavy raid on Wase district, 100 km from Jos, adding that they were, however, repelled by the STF.

Peace had been restored to the affected area, he said.

Plateau State is situated in Nigeria’s middle belt where the Muslim-dominated north and the Christian-majority south meet. The state capital Jos was plunged in a pool of blood on March 7, 2010, when members of local Muslim and Christian communities fought each other in revenge for previous killings.

The state has witnessed some bomb blasts and constant rifts between Berom and Fulani herdsmen, with many, especially women and children, murdered in cold blood in the state.

Also on Sunday, military authorities confirmed that at least 25 people were killed in separate weekend attacks by gunmen in northeast Nigeria’s Borno State.

Haruna Mohammed Sani, spokesperson of the military-led multinational Joint Task Force, said the gunmen, believed to be members of the Boko Haram sect, opened fire on civilians and local security workers in Dawashi District of Kukawa local government area of Borno State, which borders Chad.

“A group of local security workers from Maiduguri stormed the Dawashi Village in search of Boko Haram members when the suspected sect members came out fully armed and fired sporadic shots that killed over 20 innocent civilians, while a dozen others sustained serious gunshot injuries,” Sani said.

Five more people were killed in another attack at Mainok, miles away from Maiduguri, the state capital known as stronghold of Boko Haram members, Sagir Musa, spokesperson of the Joint Task Force, said in a separate statement.

Editor: Mengjie

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