In a recent development, gunmen carried out a deadly attack in Plateau State, resulting in the tragic deaths of at least 30 individuals. The assailants targeted Kwahaslalek village in Mangu Local Government Area, particularly affecting women and children.
Reports indicate that the victims had sought refuge in the residence of a community leader after an earlier unrest in Mangu town. The gunmen surrounded and killed them during the night
Mark Haruna, a community leader in the area, confirmed the death toll, emphasising that the preceding disturbances in Sabon Gari and Mangu town were deliberate distractions.
According to Haruna, the attackers struck Kwahaslalek village around 12:30 a.m., claiming over 25 lives, mostly women and children.
Joseph Gwankat, Chairman of the Mwaghavul Development Association, expressed his dismay over the incident, describing it as a callous act.
He highlighted the absence of security forces during the attack, condemning the continuous targeting and killing of villagers without sufficient intervention.
The state police command spokesperson, Alabo Alfred, mentioned that he had not received a report on the incident and would investigate it upon confirmation.
Meanwhile, Plateau State Governor Caleb Mutfwang declared a 24-hour curfew in Mangu LGA due to the escalating security situation following earlier unrest that resulted in the destruction of houses, including places of worship
This incident adds to the challenges faced by Plateau State, which is still grappling with the aftermath of the Christmas Eve attacks on multiple communities in three local government areas. Gunmen had attacked several villages, causing destruction and claiming over 150 lives.