Monday Kassah, Head of the Local Government in Bokkos, Plateau State reported that a series of attacks on villages in the State by unknown gunmen, believed to be bandits, have resulted in the tragic death of at least 160 people, All Nigeria Latest News reports.
The toll witnessed a significant increase from the army’s initial report on Sunday evening, which stated just 16 fatalities. This escalation occurred in a region long plagued by religious and ethnic tensions.
“As many as 113 persons have been confirmed killed as Saturday hostilities persisted to early hours of Monday,” the local government official, told AFP.
The bandits launched “well-coordinated” attacks in “not fewer than 20 different communities” and torched houses, Kassah said.
“We found more than 300 wounded people” who were transferred to hospitals in Bokkos, Jos and Barkin Ladi, he said.
The local Red Cross provided a preliminary toll reporting 104 deaths across 18 villages in the Bokkos region.
Additionally, at least 50 fatalities were reported in various villages in the Barkin Ladi area, as stated by Dickson Chollom, a member of the state parliament.
Chollom condemned the attacks and urged swift action from the security forces.
“We will not succumb to the tactics of these merchants of death. We are united in our pursuit of justice and lasting peace,” Chollom said.