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Another Attack Claims Many Lives In Plateau, North-Central Nigeria

Many people have died in Plateau State since the death of over 20 travellers killed on Rukuba road about two weeks ago.

A yet-to-be specified number of people were left dead, several injured and houses razed, after an armed gang attacked Naraguta community, in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau state, North-central Nigeria.

Ubah Ogaba, the police spokesperson in the state who confirmed the attack to HumAngle said that the details of the attack were still sketchy. 

“The details will be communicated to you in due time,” he said.

But according to a report by The Punch, the armed gang attacked the community on Tuesday, August 24, around 10 p.m. WAT, with “sophisticated weapons.”

A resident disclosed that “corpses have been taken to the mortuary this morning and people are still making efforts to recover more bodies from several houses which the gunmen also set ablaze.”

Ogaba, who spoke to HumAngle said that police operatives have been deployed to the area to handle the situation and prevent further escalation.

HumAngle had earlier reported that a policeman and six terrorists were left dead after a gun battle in the Mangu Local Government Area of the state.

For the past weeks, Plateau State has been enveloped in a state of tension which was brought about by the brutal killing of 22 travelers along Rukuba road in the Jos Local Government Area of  the state on Saturday, Aug.14.

About four students of the University of Jos were killed in reprisal attacks while the management of the university suspended academic activities following the incident.

In 2001, about 7,000 deaths were recorded in the state, after a violent protest broke out in Jos, the state capital.

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Chigozie Victor

Chigozie Victor is a journalist and a creative writer. Her work focuses on SGBV, policy and security infrastructure. The graduate of English and Literature from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka is passionate about helping audiences understand salient issues through clear reporting and multimedia journalism. She tweets at @nwaanyi_manaria

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