At least 18 people have been killed in a possible reprisal attack by unknown gunmen at a village in Mangu local government area of Plateau State.
A statement by the Director of Press and Public Affairs to Governor Simon Lalong, which confirmed the incident, said the attack originated from neighbouring communities in the local government.
“It is regrettable that as efforts are being made by the government to see the end of violent conflicts in Barkin Ladi, Riyom and parts of Jos South Local Government Areas, the state is faced with another communal clash,” the statement read.
A resident, who survived the attack, Usman Abubakar, told journalists that the attackers came from Barkin Ladi, a local government area in the state, which was earlier attacked few days ago.
Spokesman of the Special Task Force, Ikedichi Iweha, a Captain, said his team responded to a distress alarm and was able to repel the attacks.
He, however, did not give details of the casualty but confirmed that houses were burnt and that investigation was on-going.