Five people were killed on Monday morning when gunmen unleashed mayhem in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State. Three people were shot dead on their farms early in the morning. Men of the Special Task Force however heard the shooting and responded promptly. In a firefight with the gunmen, two of them fell to the superior firepower of the soldiers. Four of them were also apprehended.
The incident was confirmed by Salisu Mustapha, spokesman of the Special Task Force via a press statement on Monday in Jos. He stated that “on the 11th February 2013, at about 8:00 a.m., unknown gunmen attacked and killed three persons while in their farms around Kassa Village in Barkinladi LGA. STF personnel swiftly moved to the scene but on sighting the troops, the gunmen opened fire on them; this led to a gun duel that resulted into the killing of two of the attackers.”
He stated further that “STF personnel also arrested four of the gunmen who were injured in the process and recovered three AK 47 rifles, 1 locally made rifle and 45 rounds of 7.63mm [special] and 31 cartridges.”
Mustapha also disclosed that twenty three cows belonging to Fulani herdsmen were allegedly attacked and killed, nine were wounded and five are still missing in two villages of Ropp and Kubel, also in Barkin Ladi Local Government. He said three suspects have been apprehended in connection with the cattle incident.