Jos, Nigeria: At least 13 people were killed on Thursday when gunmen believed to be herdsmen attacked Kulben village in Central Nigeria’s Plateau State.
The attack is the first in Kombun District, in Mangu, the home Local Government of Prof. Sonni Tyoden, the Plateau Deputy Governor, MK learns.
Previous attacks in the LGA affected neighboring Gindiri and Mangun Districts but Kombun has been relatively safe.
The attack reportedly began with a suspected cattle rustling attempt in neighboring Kon village on Wednesday at about 10am, local time.
At least one person was injured in the incident that Police neutralized before escalating.
Mr. Michael Mutding, the Councillor representing Kerang Ward told MK that the assailants attacked with AK47 rifles before Police arrived.
Three suspects were arrested by the troops before the Kulben attack, which followed at about 6pm, Mr. Mutding said.
MK gathers that 12 people died instantly while another wounded victim passed hours later.
“At the moment, four people are in hospital with varying degrees of injuries,” a correspondent reports.
The attack is “another attempt to puncture the peace that has gradually returned to the State,” Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong said.
The Governor in a press statement signed by his Media Aide, Simon Makut, vowed to track down the perpetrators.
“We have toiled to ensure that peace returns to Plateau State and we will not allow anyone to make nonsense our efforts.
“We are determined to deal decisively and firmly with anybody found culpable in attacking or inciting people to carry out attacks against one another,” he said.