The death toll in Plateau state, in central east Nigeria, rose to 90 after the attack carried out this Sunday by an armed group against villagers, according to local police.
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In the Kanam, Bassa and Barkin Ladi communities, 90 people were reported killed, 70 kidnapped, several injured and 100 houses set on fire, after this offensive, figures that could increase as the search progresses.
In this regard, the governor of the region, Simon Bako Lalong, expressed in an official press release that “the Plateau state will never be used as a safe haven for terrorists to establish camps and use them to wreak havoc on communities and innocent citizens. in the state and elsewhere.
Government and commercial activities in the council area came to a standstill on Monday as people left their construction sites to pay their last respects to those who lost their lives.
According to testimonies from residents in the affected places, the armed men arrived and began shooting sporadically, which frightened the community.
“We are terrified and traumatized, we do not know their mission or the reason behind such an act, in broad daylight. I have not experienced this type of situation before,” one of the testimonies told local media.
Plateau State Police Command spokesman ASP Ubah Ogaba stated: “The Command is aware of the incident in Kanam and a deployment has been sent to the area.”
According to local press reports, citing local administration sources, the Plateau Elders Forum (PEF) condemned the persistent attacks on Bassa LGA and the growing wave of kidnappings in the state.
“This is again very sad and we strongly condemn it. The security (forces) must ensure the immediate rescue of all abducted people,” said Jonathan Ishaku, spokesman for the PEF.
In recent weeks, armed attacks have increased in Nigeria, mostly caused by inter-community clashes and attacks by the Islamist group Boko Haram and the Islamic State.