8 people feared killed in Plateau

Tension has enveloped Barkin Ladi local government area of Plateau State following attacks and reprisal attacks between youths of the communities in the area.

Investigation revealed that one person had been killed while two persons sustained injuries Tuesday night when a group of youths alleged to be from a Berom community stormed the house of a renowned politician, Alhaji Auwal Tanko.

Alhaji Tanko is said to have been nominated as a supervisory councillor by Governor Simon Lalong.

Some Hausa youths, irked by the attack, allegedly ambushed some Berom youths, killing three persons. The corpses of the youths were said to have been discovered in a nearby well.

Tanko Salisu Nasir, a member of Tanko’s family who survived the attack, told our correspondent via telephone, that “we had just finished eating our meal when we heard gunshots. The gunmen killed my 10-year-old brother, Hassan Salisu.”

He said he found himself in Mainasara Hospital, where four bullets were removed from his body.

A community leader in Barkin Ladi, Alhaji Danjuma Abdullahi, said the matter had been reported to the sector commander in charge of the area, adding that the town was tensed for fear of reprisal attacks.

In the same vein, gunmen attacked a local bar at Anguwan Durung area of Barkin Ladi local government of the state yesterday, and killed four persons including one Mark Lukas.

Coordinator of Stephanious Foundation, Mark Lipdo, confirmed the incident to LEADERSHIP in Jos.

He said unknown gunmen stormed the bar yesterday afternoon and started shooting sporadically, killing four persons.

The police public relations officer (PPRO), DSP Abu Emmanuel, confirmed the attack on the residence of Alhaji Auwal Tanko, but said he had no knowledge of the three corpses found in a well.

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