At least 10 persons, including a lady who was nine months pregnant, were reportedly killed on Tuesday, April 14, when gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen attacked Hwra village in Kwall District of Bassa government Area of Plateau State.
Survivors, mostly women and children, are reportedly moving out of the community in droves for fear of further attacks.
Suspected herdsmen slaughter pregnant woman, Itwas gathered that the attackers invaded the village at about 8 pm when the villagers were asleep as a results of the entire lockdown within the state, according to an account of the incident.
The president of the Irigwe Development Association, Hon Sunday Abdu, who confirmed the attack, said that the attackers burnt down the whole village with foodstuffs and other valuables worth millions of naira, Abdu said.
The attackers attacked the village and burnt the whole houses in their usual way when the people were sleeping as a results of the lockdown. Nine people were killed including a pregnant woman, and these people do not obey the laws of the land; we’ve outlaws in Nigeria.
The deceased persons were mostly children and ladies who are given mass burial.
Yes, the incident happened yesterday night; it had been very unfortunate and when the incident occurred, we mobilised our men to the scene immediately,” said Major Ibrahim Shittu, spokesman of the special task force Operation safe haven (OPHS), confirming the incident.
As we speak, the commander of Sector 3 who has been within the area and the commander of the Operation safe haven, Major General Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, has gone to the scene and addressed the people and guaranteed them of more personnel to guard lives and property.
Major Shittu said he didn’t have the casualty figure as of press time, saying, however, that military personnel were working around the clock to seek out the perpetrators of the deadly attack.