Gunmen kill five Plateau villagers, corpses get mass burial

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Despite the curfew imposed by the Plateau State Government to curb insecurity in the Mangu Local Government Area, gunmen, on Monday, allegedly killed five persons during an attack on the Sohon Kerang community, in the Sohon Kerang community of the local government area.

It was gathered that the suspects, after perpetrating the crime between 5pm and 8pm, fled into the bush.It was learnt that the attack occurred after gunmen, in a similar manner, attacked neighbouring communities last week and reportedly killed several persons.

A resident of the Sohon Kerang community, Joseph Kabir, said the slain victims included a yet-to-be-identified man and his wife, adding that all the victims were given a mass burial a day after the attack.

Kabir said, “I can confirm to you that five people including a man and his wife were killed by terrorists between 5pm to 8pm on Monday, June 26, 2023, in the Sohon Kerang community of the Kerang District, Mangu Local Government Area.

“We thought that with the declaration of curfew by the government, security agents will be able to stop the terrorists from killing innocent residents. But the gunmen came to the community which is behind the SWAN Water Company Limited located around 5pm and started firing gunshots which killed the victims.“They escaped into the bush after carrying out their evil acts.

It was this morning that the corpses of the victims were discovered by residents who have been thrown into mourning. The victims were given a mass burial this morning.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Alabo Alfred, had yet to make a statement regarding the attack as of the time of filing this report.

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