Jos, Nigeria: Gunmen believed to be herders on Monday attacked a Plateau native community, killing six people including a crowned Prince.
Mr. Chungyang Mwadkon, a former Acting Village Head of Wereng village in Riyom Local Government Area was due for coronation when he was shot and killed while trying to escape from the attackers, it was gathered.
Eyewitnesses say the assailants, armed with AK47 rifles and other deadly weapons invaded the community at about 9pm local time, shooting at everyone in sight.
“We first thought they were vigilante because they were wearing boots and security kits like community Police, until they started shooting at us,” said Kim Francis, 32.
“They kept shooting and picking their expended bullet shells as they moved,” said Francis who was shot in the leg.
Lyop David, 35 and Mary Francis, 65, shot in the thigh and leg respectively said they were chased with steady gunfire into their rooms.
The attackers killed three members of a family in their compound while Mr. Mwadkon and two others were killed along the road.
MK Reporters on Sunday reported plans to avenge the supposed killing of a herder by government Forces during a foiled attack in a Plateau native community.
Last Friday, two people were gunned down in Ncha village of Bassa Local Government Area, Plateau State, hours after officials held a peace meeting to end clashes between farmers and herders.
A man named Moses Abbah was killed and another, Mr. Musa David was severely injured while planting beans, it was gathered.
It was the tenth of such attacks in the agrarian State in less than two weeks, after gunmen believed to be herders on Thursday 18th September, 2020 killed a Police Sergeant and a civilian in farming Malul hamlet of Daffo district, in the State’s Bokkos LGA.
Observers believe the Ncha village farm murder was a reprisal by the attackers who on Wednesday ran into a highly alert military peacekeeping troop while attempting to raid nearby Kpachudu village.
Many of the assailants reportedly escaped with deadly injuries, some of whom are believed to have died hours later.
The raiders, according to an eyewitness who is currently being treated of bullet wounds by the Jos Special Task Force Commander, included familiar herdsmen residing in a nearby village.
On Saturday, a corpse believed to be of one of those injured in the military encounter was found around Gero, Sabon Gida village near Bassa LGA.
Inside sources fear a possible revenge for the recorded casualties, likely in unguarded communities for fear of military reaction.
The Wednesday attack, it was learnt, aimed to avenge the death of one Mr. Saleh Bimbi, another suspected attacker reportedly killed in crossfire with military peacekeepers in Ncha village last Sunday after killing three locals in an ambush.