12 killed as bandits and militiamen clash in local community


From Gyang Bere, Jos

Twelve people have been killed following a clash between bandits and vigilantes in Zak community, Wase local government area, Plateau state.

daily sun gathered as the bandits swarmed into the community on Monday evening to attack people while the Vigilante group resisted them, culminating in a shootout, killing 12.

A Wase youth leader, Shapi Sambo, who confirmed the killings, said the incident happened around 9 p.m. on Monday as villagers were getting ready to go to sleep.

“When the bandits invaded the community, the villagers try to resist their attack which resulted in the death of 12 people, 9 of them are bandits, 3 are vigilantes,” he continued.

The attack comes a week after seven soldiers and a militia member were killed in the same community by bandits.

The spokesperson for Operation SAFE HAVEN, a multi-security task force maintaining peace in the state, Major Ishaku Takwa, confirmed the incident but could not determine the number of casualties from the incident.

He pointed out that the commander and the troops who repelled the attack moved to Gajin Bashar community to fight the bandits who had stormed the area to attack the villagers.

The youth leader said, “The bandits arrived on motorbikes in large numbers in the morning. We suspected that they were spending a night in a bush near Zak.

“When people realized the bandits had arrived in the community, they quickly informed Operation Safe Haven stationed in Zak and they quickly mobilized their troops to the general area and repelled the attacks with the vigilantes. It was a serious accident,” Shapi’i added.

Meanwhile, PPRO Police Public Relations Officer Alfred Alabo confirmed the incident and said the area DPD had not given him details of the attack.

The House of Representatives had set up an ad hoc committee, headed by Hon. Fulata Hassan Abubakar, who visited the committee last week with the intention of calming the situation.

Kanpani Zurak Village Chief Alhaji Dahiru Adamu and other Wase traditional leaders told the community that bandits and kidnappers have taken over the community and called on the federal government to take proactive measures to save the people.

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