Monday, August 29, 2011

Four killed and 50 vehicles burnt in fresh violence in Jos.

Violence erupted in the Plateau State capital again yesterday leaving at least four people dead and several others injured.

Three of those killed were said to be innocent passers-by who were attacked based on their perceived religious affiliation.

The slain commercial motorcycle rider was alleged to have been tricked into Angwan Rukuba area and killed for the sole purpose of stealing his motorcycle.

Angered by the development, youths in Nasarawa Gwom took to the streets and attacked passers-by, many of whom were said to have been on their way to church.

An eyewitness said a man dressed in suit was seen hacked down by the mob not far from the Duala junction just as another two other people were reportedly killed around Filling Ball.

Another eye witness claimed to have sighted a corpse in Angwan Rukuba area where reprisal attacks were also launched by youths in the area against people believed to belong to the opposing camp.

However, the prompt intervention of security men prevented the situation from degenerating.
The situation generated panic as many of those heading for church returned home while streets were deserted for most parts of the day.

Although there was no official reaction to the development from either the police or the Special Task Force, security men were seen at full alert at strategic locations in the state capital to forestall further trouble.

In a similar development, a 50-year-old man was on Saturday killed at his residence in Jol village of Riyom Local Government Area of the state after suspected hoodlums attacked the village.

District Head of Jol, Danladi Taje who confirmed the incident said he was macheted by his assailants and lamented series of attacks and secret killings in the area since April by people suspected to be Fulani.


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