Five killed in central Nigeria`s fresh attack
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Last Updated: Saturday, February 12, 2011, 18:46
  
Abuja: Five people were killed and eight were injured when unknown gunmen attacked a village near Nigeria's flashpoint central city of Jos, just after two communities signed a peace treaty to end incessant killings.

Police said that several houses were razed in the attack in Kuru village on Thursday night, before the attackers escaped.

Abdularahman Akano, the police commissioner of Plateau state of which Jos is the capital, said no arrests have been made so far but he offered no further detail.

Recent attacks in communities of Barkin Ladi, Riyom, Bassa, Mangu and near Jos have resulted in scores of deaths.

Two days prior to the present onslaught, Fulani and Irigwe communities in Bassa had signed a peace treaty to end the killings and violence in the area.

On January 26, 12 people were killed near Jos when Fulani herdsmen attacked three villages in Barkin Ladi local government area.

The attackers were said to have gone to Dorowa, Jong, Sunkut and Lohana villages ostensibly in search of their lost cattle in the night frightening the villagers who raised alarm on sighting the strangers.

Spokesman of a military Special Task Force (STF) in the troubled state, Captain Charles Ekeocha, had confirmed that the herdsmen used firearms to kill 10 persons, injured three and then burnt down several houses.

"One of the arrested Fulani attackers is a member of the Police Mobile force serving in Abuja. He gave his particulars as S Number 220015, and his name as Corporal Mohammed Uba, of 44 Police Mobile Force, Abuja. He was arrested with a sickle, four life cartridges in his pocked, a box of matches and a catapult," he said.

In a similar incident in the state early last year, Fulani herdsmen had attacked and killed hundreds of Christians in a land related dispute prompting President Goodluck Jonathan to send federal forces.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, February 12, 2011, 18:46


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