Over 40 Killed As Bandits Attack Plateau Communities

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Over 40 persons have been reportedly killed by bandits in Zurak Kompani and Bandalala communities, Bashar District of Wase Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Some Wase residents who spoke to Channels Television on the phone said the attacks on the villages occurred on Monday night when residents were retiring from the day’s work.

The bandits, according to the residents, attacked the villages simultaneously. They set houses on fire, leading to pandemonium in which some of the residents were killed and others sustaining injuries.

Over thirty persons were reportedly killed in Kompani Zurak while another ten were killed in Bandalala with several others still missing.

Residents of the attacked communities have fled to neighbouring villages to seek refuge.

One of the residents of Wase town Audu Ummah said that some of the injured from the attacked communities are receiving treatment in various health centres while other survivors have moved to Wase and other villages.

Security agencies are yet to comment on the attacks as of the time of this report. The state government has yet to do the same.

The incident adds to the growing number of attacks in communities in the North-Central state which has been plagued by incessant clashes.

Plateau, which lies on the dividing line between Nigeria’s mostly Muslim north and predominantly Christian south, is a flashpoint for intercommunal violence.

In December, several people were killed in raids on villages. Thousands of others were displaced in the attacks.

Clashes in Nigeria’s North-West and North-Central states have their roots in tensions over land between nomadic herders and pastoral farmers.

Competition for natural resources, intensified by rapid population growth and climate pressures, has spiralled into broader criminality.

Worried by the incessant attacks, the UN’s World Food Programme warned that conflict and insecurity, along with inflation and climate change, could sharply drive up hunger levels across the country.

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