Gunmen kill 29 displaced persons in attack on camp
Gunmen yesterday stormed an Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDPs) camp in Nkiedonwhro village, Bassa Local Government Area, Plateau State, killing 29 inmates.
The victims were among the over 100 villagers taking refuge at the camp, a primary school.
Eyewitnesses said the gunmen defied the curfew imposed on the area, sneaked into the camp at dawn and opened fire on the innocent victims, who were asleep.
Twenty-seven died immediately; two died later in hospital.
The displaced persons’ homes had been razed in the series of attacks in the locality, a situation that forced them to take refuge at the public school.
President Muhammadu Buhari last night ordered security agents to stop the killings.
The killings in Bassa Local Government began on September 7, about 20 persons were murdered. Several other attacks followed as the gunmen attack each village every night. Governor Simon Lalong imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on the local government last weekend.
The victims felt secured to stay at the primary school for the fact that troops deployed in the local government to stop the killings were also camped at the school where the 29 were killed.