Four people shot dead, houses burnt by suspected gunmen in early morning attack


4 youths were killed by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen on Monday. The armed men it was said, invaded 2 villages in Kwall District of Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Source  gathered that the armed men stormed the villages in the early hours of Monday, and started shooting indiscriminately.

National President of the Irigwe Development Association (IDA) Mr Robbert Ashi, who confirmed the incident, said 3 young persons were ambushed by the suspected herdsmen and killed between Jebbu Bassa and Rikwechongu village on Sunday evening, while the 4th person was killed at Zirshe village on Monday morning.

He said that the suspected herdsmen also burnt down many houses and several food barns in the village.

He said, “Yesterday night I was informed of attacks by suspected herdsmen who ambushed and killed three of our youth returning back from Jebbu Bassa to Rikwechongu village close to the School of Accountancy.”

“While at the early hours of this morning (Monday) the herdsmen also attacked Zirshe village and killed one person, burnt several houses including food barns where the villagers had kept their recently harvested produce. This action is condemnable coming at the time our people are preaching peace in the land.”

While describing the tragic incident as unfortunate, Ashi
called on security agencies to trail the attackers and apprehend them immediately.

Meanwhile, Senator Istifanus Gyang (representing Plateau North), said he is saddened and grieved by the attacks on Rikwechongu and Zirshe villages of Irigwe Chiefdom, Bassa LGC.

He urged the Federal Government and security agencies to secure and protect law abiding citizens and communities of Plateau North and bring the culprits to justice.

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