In Apparent Reprisal, Gunmen Kill 30 in Jos Community

*One of the houses destroyed in the Jos community by the gunmen.
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By Sam Kayode in Jos

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Over 30 people were reportedly killed on Tuesday midnight attack at Yelwan Zangam community in Jos North council area of Plateau State.

 

Sources said that the suspected bandits started their attack before midnight after arriving at the Yelwa Zangam community, behind the University of Jos and before first light they had left sorrow tears and blood in their trails.

 

The sources told newsmen that the armed bandits while invading the community burnt down the houses of residents in the area and were shooting anyone on sight.

 

To make sure that it’s sure death for all the residents in the area who may not be able to escape while their invasion continued the makeshift bridge leading to the Anaguta community was destroyed preventing any immediate access to help by the nearby residents.

 

Reacting to the dastardly attack today, the spokesman for Governor Lalong, Dr Machan, said the goverrnor is appalled by yet another isolated attack which took place at Yelwa Zangam village of Jos North council area

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“The Governor totally condemns this barbaric act and directs security agencies who have already arrested 10 suspects in connection with the attack to intensify efforts in tracking down the other assailants and their sponsors in order to bring them to justice.” He said in a release.

 

“Lalong is furious over the incident which security reports indicate was carefully planned as the bridge linking the village was said to have been destroyed in order to deny security forces access to the area during the attack.

 

“He sympathizes with the affected people and calls for calm, assuring them that they will get justice.

 

“Governor Lalong again warns criminals that they will be pursued, arrested and dealt with, no matter how long it takes, as his administration will not allow the reign of terror to persist and rubbish all the investments made in restoring calm in the State. ” Machan said in the release.

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Meanwhile, the Governor has praised the gallantry of security forces that successfully engaged and neutralised six criminals that belonged to a syndicate that specialises in kidnapping innocent people in Mangu Local Government area of Plateau State.

 

The troops from Operation Safe Haven and the Nigeria Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) engaged the bandits in response to distress calls.

 

The Governor expressed his deep condolences to the Nigeria Police and families of the Police Officer and Member of the Vigilante who lost their lives during the operation and assured them of Government support. He vows to make Plateau uncomfortable for criminals.

 

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