Two people were reportedly killed during an early morning attack on residents of Kantoma Village in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State, on Sunday. The attack was said to precede similar ones which occurred few days before. Residents claimed there had been tensions between ethnic groups, of which the attackers were part of. Spokesperson for Plateau Police Command, Emmanuel Abuh, confirmed the incident to PREMIUM TIMES, but would name the injured and the dead. He could not also state what the cause of the attacks were.
Aside the maiming and killing, houses were also torched. A witness, who sought anonimity for security reasons, said the incident disrupted planned Sunday church services as residents feared further attacks on churches in the largely Christian community.
The Chairman of Mangu Local Government Area, Caleb Mutfwang, had on Saturday briefed journalists in Jos on security challenges in the council. He said clashes between herdsmen and natives in the villages in the council caused the death of five people within four days; while several property were also destroyed.
Villages were the clashes have occured include Maitumbi, Jwak-Maitumbi, Kyampus, Mairana, Sarbot, Mangul and Jerusalem.
Plateau has witnessed several ethno-religious conflicts which have caused the deaths of thousands of people in the past few years. The establishment of a Special Task Force, made up of military and other security agencies, in the state has not stopped the occurence of the violence.