Gunmen strike again in the Kwal district of Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau state, killing five people.
The victims were killed in two separate attacks in Kperie and Gbra Zongo communities respectively.
It was further learnt that the gunmen suspected to be herdsmen first, killed three children from the same family in Gbra Zongo village before moving to the neighbouring Kperie community where they also killed two women during the attack which occurred on Tuesday night.
An uncle to the deceased children who identified himself as Danjuma Anthony confirmed the killings in Gbra Zongo village to our correspondent in Jos on Wednesday.
He gave the names of the deceased children as Rachel,six years; Jacob,three years and Charity, one and a half years.
“The family is in pains because those killed during the attack in Gbra Zongo were the children of my younger brother. The children were just sleeping in their hose around 9:45 pm when the gunmen who were about three came and killed them.
“The father was not at home because he had gone on a security patrol of the community while the wife who was at home was sleeping in another room. This kind of unprovoked attack and the killing of innocent children only shows the level of insecurity our people are facing in the community. It’s really unfortunate.”
A Youth Leader, Mr Rogo Friday who also confirmed the killing of the two women in Kperie community said:
“The women were not from the community. They came to sympathize with a family in the community and that is how they met their death during the attack. Others, including a youth who sustained injuries inflicted on them by the gunmen, have been taken to the hospital.”
The Plateau state Police Command was yet to make any public statement regarding the killings.
Several calls put across to the mobile phone of the Command’s Spokesman, ASP Ubah Gabriel Ogaba were not responded to at press time.