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Over 40 shot to death as bandits launch another attack in Plateau

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There was pandemonium as bandits reportedly shot over 40 people to death after attacking Zurak village in Bashar District of Wase local government area of Plateau State.



According to residents of the community, the incident occurred around 5: pm, on Monday, when people were going about their normal activities.

The residents said but they could not immediately report the incident due to the poor communication network in the area.

According to Sahpi’i Sambo, a youth leader in the area, who also confirmed the incident to Daily Trust, the bandits arrived at the community on motorcycles – two on a bike – with sophisticated weapons and started shooting sporadically.

He said “More than 40 people were killed while many injured. Residents of the village have fled to neighbouring communities for cover. As of yesterday, security personnel had not yet arrived at the community. It was deadly,” Sambo said.

Spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Alabo Alfred, had not responded to inquiry by our correspondent as of the time of filing this report.

Security has deteriorated across Nigeria with Plateau being among the states with the larger share.

In January, at least 30 people were killed in a violent clash between herders and farmers in the Mangu local government of the state. The attack came after more than 200 people were killed over Christmas in the local government.

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