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Gunmen kill 16, burn 200 houses in Plateau

The orgy of bloodletting in Plateau State continued on Tuesday with the killing of another 16 persons by some gunmen in four communities of Riyom Local Government Area of the state.

The charred remains of the victims were picked up by their relatives few hours after the attack.

In addition, more than 200 houses were burnt in the communities whose names were given as  Torok, Gwon, Gwarama, and Gwarim all in Rim district of Riyom LG.

Our correspondent gathered that the gunmen, in military camouflage, had stormed the villages in the early hours of Tuesday in a commando style, gunning any object on their way.

The panic-stricken residents were said to have been  woken up by the staccato burst of gunfire, which tore through the quiet morning.

The Majority Leader in the Plateau State House  of Assembly, who is also the member representing Riyom described the  incident as sad.

He said 10 of the victims, who were mostly women and children, were burned to death by their attackers  in Rim

Dem said the attackers did not spare anything or anybody on their way.

The majority leader wondered why men of the Special Task Force deployed in the area could not stop the attackers.

He said,  ”In most of the villages attacked, there are presence of men of the  STF. Why are they not going after the attackers?

The villages, our correspondent gathered, had been completely deserted as residents have fled to neighbouring villages, while some are taking refuge in schools and churches.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state command, Felicia Anselm, confirmed the attack.

She however said she had yet to be briefed on the number of casualties.

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