The mass burial of victims killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen in several communities in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State was on Tuesday disrupted by a fresh attack which left 26 persons dead.
The PUNCH however learnt that the victims were later given a mass burial at Nzhruvoh village of Miango District. During the latest attack which took place around 7pm on Monday, 11 houses were also razed down.
The Fulani terrorists were alleged to have killed 25 persons, including three children and two women in Dundu Village of Kwall District in Bassa LGA of Plateau State.
One girl, whose identity was not known as of press time, was said to have died later in the hospital.
The spokesperson for the Miango Youth Development Association, Lawrence Zongo, confirmed the casualty figure in an interview with The PUNCH in Jos on Tuesday.
“Very sad! Again, Fulani terrorists killed 25 persons in Dundu Village of Kwall District in Bassa LGA of Plateau State. One girl later died in the hospital. Eleven houses were razed down. The villagers were attacked around 7pm yesterday (Monday). Among the victims were three children and two women. Others, including two women are now receiving treatment in a nearby hospital in the community. One girl later died in the hospital, making it 26 victims. This is too bad as we are planning for a mass burial of the last attack. So far, we have more than 500 in Internally Displaced Persons camp. The international organisations should please come to our aid.”
When contacted, the spokesperson for the Plateau State Police Command, Matthias Tyopev, an Assistant Superintendent Police, confirmed the attack.
According to him, the Plateau State Commissioner of Police, Adie Undie, has ordered a Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations), Taiwo Jebiyisu, to the scene for an on-the-spot assessment.
“There was an attack yesterday (Monday) in Bassa; as such, the Commissioner of Police, Plateau State Command, Jos has directed DCP Taiwo Jebiyisu, a Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the Department of Operations to go to the scene of crime for an on-the-spot assessment. He is there now. But 25 persons were killed in the attack and two were injured.”