Thirteen people were reportedly killed by suspected gunmen in the early hours of Thursday in Rapyem Village, Fan District, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Plateau, Felicia Anslem, confirmed the incident in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES.
"Yes, we are aware of an attack in parts of Barkin Ladi Local Government. The attack occurred at about 1:00 am today, but I cannot tell you the number of victims affected now. Some persons died, while others were injured. Our men have been deployed there to arrest the situation," she said.
Ms. Anslem said some of the victims were taken to a nearby hospital. The interim administrator of Barkin Ladi Local government council, Habila Dung, while commenting on the incident, described the attacks as sad and barbaric.
"Thirteen were killed including nine children, two women and two men. Five injured people are currently receiving treatment in the hospital," he said.
In the last one week, a total of 21 people have been killed by gunmen, while security agents are yet to make any arrest. Barkin Ladi, in recent years, has witnessed several attacks and deaths including, in 2011, that of Gyang Dantong, a senator who represented Plateau North, and Gyang Fulani, a state Assembly member representing Barkin Ladi.
The lawmakers died as a result of shock from the sound of gun shots. They were attending a mass burial of about 50 people who were killed in a church when the gunshots went off.