Terrorists in vast numbers stormed the Kanam Local Government Area of Plateau State on Sunday, killing more than 80 people, abducting 70 others, and torching over 100 homes.
Kukawa, Gyambawu, Dungur, Kyaram, Yelwa, Dadda, Wanka, Shuwaka, Gwammadaji, and Dadin Kowa are among the communities and villages in the local government region that have been affected.
Terrorists swooped on the affected areas in huge numbers on Sunday, according to a source close to the local government, and carried out the horrific attack in a peculiar manner, killing people at random.
According to the source, who is a local government official, as of Monday morning, the council has discovered 38 people slain in Kukawa, 24 people killed in Gyambau, 8 people killed in Kyaram, and 10 people killed in Wanna, with the number of dead bodies in the bush unknown.
He further stated that over a hundred homes were set ablaze, and that people suffering from various degrees of gunshot wounds are being treated at Dengi general hospital and Jos University teaching hospital JUTH.
Sariki Bitrus, an eyewitness, further revealed that the terrorists kidnapped over 70 people, the majority of them were women, and that most of the afflicted villages have been deserted, with those who managed to flee the killings seeking safety in surrounding council districts.
He went on to say that the attack occurred at 3:45 p.m., when residents were clearing their crops in preparation for the rainy season, and that some people were going about their routine or daily activity when the terrorists started fire.
Bitrus went on to say that the local administration has been fighting terrorists who wanted to take control of a nearby game reserve for quite some time.
Meanwhile, the Plateau Elders Forum has condemned the killings of innocent people in the state’s Kanam local government council in a statement signed by its Media Officer, Mr Jonathan Ishaku.
“Just a week after our press release denouncing terrorist assaults on Miango communities in Bassa LGA and Rantis in Barkin Ladi LGA, bandits allegedly killed several people, injured many others, and abducted over 70 people in Kanam LGA yesterday,” the statement continues.
“This is again another tragic event that we strongly condemn. This apparent increase of violence in our communities vindicates the Plateau Elders Forum’s earlier appeal on the Plateau State Government, in collaboration with security services, to deal decisively with terrorists in the state.
Meanwhile, we send our condolences to the families of those who have died and our prayers to those who have been injured.”
When contacted, ASP Ubah Gabriel, the State Police Command’s Spokesperson, said: “I can’t offer a precise number of casualties until I get all the details, but our personnel have been dispatched to the affected districts since yesterday.”