No fewer than 32 people have been killed in three villages in Langtang South Local Government Area of Plateau State in an attack allegedly coordinated by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
Bolgang, Karkashi and Magama villages were allegedly invaded by the attackers on Wednesday morning, shooting indiscriminately.
They seemed determined to kill by every means possible, as they were said to have gone after those who tried to escape.
Reports said among those killed were students writing their National Examinations Council, NECO, examinations, while several houses and vehicles were burnt.
It was gathered that the attack was launched from nearby Shikal village, where they reportedly gathered days earlier.
Majority of those killed at Magama were said to be the aged and children, while nine people were reported killed at Bolgang, which was completely razed.
Speaking on the attack, Chairman of the Provincial Church Council of COCIN, Rev. Nandip Miri, said he lost his aged father and brother in the attack, adding that the exact number of those killed was yet to be ascertained.
“We cannot know the actual number of people that lost their lives as we are still picking dead bodies from the bush. The attackers followed the victims on motorcycles, killing them mercilessly as they tried to escape.
“So many dead bodies were found in the bush and more may still be discovered later,” he said.
Confirming the killing, Chairman, Management Committee for Langtang South Local Government Area, Mr. Narman Darko, said 32 people were killed and over a hundred houses razed in the three villages.
Breaking down the deaths, he said 23 people were killed at Magama, seven at Bolgan, while two corpses were found between Karkashi and Magama.
According to him, members of the Special Task Force have moved to the troubled area to forestall further attacks and urged the people to be security-conscious and to report suspicious movements to security men.
Police in the state however said they were yet to get details of the incident, when contacted.
Mrs. Joyce Ramnap, representing Lantang South in the Plateau State House of Assembly, yesterday, lamented how her people were left without any security assistance for hours, while the attackers operated.