Six killed, two injured as gunmen ambush miners in Plateau state

Six killed, two injured as gunmen ambush miners in Plateau state

Gunmen suspected to be Fulani militia have killed six miners and injured two in Wereng community, Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau state.


The latest attack occurred almost a week after eight persons were brutally killed at a mining site in Kuru, Jos South Local Government Area of the state.


It was gathered that the eight miners were waylaid at about 7:45 pm on Thurday, April 15, on their way home from a mining site.


A source close to the community told Nigerian Tribune that the miners stopped at Wereng community to rest before they would proceed with their journey to the next village.


“While they were resting the gunmen numbering about 15 who probably have been monitoring them appeared and shot at them at close range. They killed six of them on the spot while two sustained injuries, now receiving treatment at the Christian Hospital in Vom, Jos South local government area,” the source said.


The attackers also destroyed farms and macheted some people while trying to escape after the dastardly act.


The Chairman Berom Educational and Cultural Organisation (BECO), Mr Gyang Dudu, who confirmed the attack said there was a security alert that the community would be attacked three days before the incident.


“There was a security alert three days ago that this same community would be attacked, the name of the mastermind was attached and they carried out the attack as planned. They always send message and signal before they launch any attack but the question is that if someone is fingered such a person ought to have been invited and interrogated accordingly,” Mr Dudu said.


“But in this situation, the person whose name was linked to the attack was not invited, no security patrol of the area, the community was not fortified until the attack took place. These attackers are just doing as they wish and nobody is stopping them, there’s the need for justice in this country” he added.

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