The relative peace in Plateau state suffered a massive setback earlier this week when vicious Unknown Gunmen, UGM, attacked several communities in Riyom local government area of the state leaving men, women, children and infants dead. The attackers were reported to have stormed at separate times but by the time they retreated, 16 people lay dead.
2n-nework gathered that the first wave of attack took place at about 8pm in Dong Kasa, Jos North council area. This was followed by another attack inKohorok and Kwi in Ritom council areas respectively. Both attacks left many people dead alongside unimaginable tales of woe.
According to sources, the brazen attack on Dong Kasa village began at 8pm with sporadic gun shots from several fronts leading the confused inhabitants to run in circles while trying to escape the marauders. Scores of the residents managed to escape with various degree of gun shot injuries. However, the confusion not only gave the invaders the opportunity to pick out fleeing residents with ease, they ended up ransacking practically every house before melting back into the dark night.
According to the Dong Kasa village head, Daniel Choji, the first attack left eight people, including fivefemales two males and a baby dead.
Thereafter, the attackers moved over to Kwi which they swooped on while the residents were fast asleep.Like Dong Kasa attack, the lives of eight people were equally cut short while one escaped with wounds.
The attackers then descended on Kwi village at 11pm when residents were fast asleep and killed anothereight, while one managed to escape with injuries. In quick succession, other communities includingKohorok, Darigi and Heipang in neighbouring Barkin Ladi council area suffered the same fate.
The House of Assembly member representing Riyom LGA in the State House of Assembly, TimothyDantong, confirmed the attacks. Danton who described the attack as barbaric, senseless and inhuman,disclosed that four males and four females were killed. He however, called on security agencies to do theneedful by at least living up to their responsibilities in by responding to distress calls. Doing he, Dantonadded, will ensure that killers are apprehended and brought to book.