A total of 12 people were killed again in Jos, Plateau State in two separate attacks on two communities in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the state on Thursday night. The two villages attacked last were Tsohon–Foron and Guzen Gashish, an area dominated by a mainly Christian ethnic group on the outskirts of Jos city.
Pam Ayuba, spokesperson to the Plateau state governor said, “The assailants numbering over 30 descended on the family of Nwanta Gulu in Tsohon-Foron and killed the man, his sister, his eldest son and five of their younger ones in their sleep. Also killed was a relation of the family who was said to have passed the night with them. One of the people attacked was said to be lying in critical condition at the Air Force Hospital, Jos.”
Details of the circumstances under which the three other victims were killed at Guzen Gashish could not be yet known.
The district head of the village, Ahmadu Shungo Kakpwis said: “I received a distress call at the time of the attack, and I alerted the vigilance group in the village immediately. But it was obvious that the youths could not withstand the sophisticated weapons like the AK 47 rifles the attackers used.
Hon. Emmanuel Lomang, the Chairman, Barkin Ladi Local Government, while reacting said: “The attackers have changed their mode of attack to pure acts of genocide; an ethnic cleansing where a family is targeted and wiped out. They also cover their bodies to disguise themselves.”
Hon. Lomang added that “We have been pushed to the wall and unless something is done by the government, the youths cannot sit back and watch families wiped off. If things are not done, these people may succeed and then move to other local government areas.”