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7 killed in Jos communal crisis

7 killed in Jos communal crisis
January 03
21:16 2015
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Caleb Mutfwang, the chairman of Mangu local government area in Plateau state, has said that seven persons were killed during attacks in some parts of the area.

Addressing journalists on Saturday, Mutfwang said that some gunmen shot one Yoila Micah dead in his residence at Jwak-Maitumbi, a village in the area on December 26.

He said while the community was recovering from the attack, the gunmen struck again on Tuesday and shot two men riding on a motor-cycle, killing and beheading one Longji Mikyes while another unnamed person escaped with gunshot wounds.

Mutfwang said the killing precipitated violence in parts of the local government and attracted the attention of the Special Task Force (STF) which moved in to ensure peace.

He, however, said that following the killings, some youths tracked the killers by tracing the blood mark to the house of one Alhaji Wada, a Fulani resident of the community.

“Upon their request to search the house, someone came out with a gun and shot randomly at the youths injuring some of them,” he said.

“Angered by this reaction, the youths went on rampage and burnt some house belonging to Fulani residents and causing the death of a Fulani man on a visit from Barkin Ladi.

“Not surprising, the Fulani mobilised at night and attacked some of the other communities, resulting in the death of four people, burning of houses and properties, and throwing up a lot of internally displaced persons,” he said.

He appealed for aid from relevant agencies for the displaced persons while noting that the council held a major stakeholders meeting with all the parties in the dispute for peace to reign.

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