At least 11 persons have been killed in renewed attacks on communities in Plateau State.

Razat, Ruku, Nyarr, Kura and Gana-Ropp villages of Gashish District in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area were attacked by bandits suspected to be herdsmen.

Also hit were Daffo and Kuba communities in Bokkos Local Government. 

The attack was confirmed on Sunday by the spokesman for the Police Command in Plateau State, Mr Terna Tyopev.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria in Jos that “the gunmen invaded the villages on Saturday and killed several people.

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“Based on the number of corpses recovered and buried, we can confirm 11 killed”.

He fears more people might have died because many families had buried their dead relatives before policemen arrived.

According to Tyopev, some dead bodies had been deposited at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) mortuary.

To forestall further attacks, security had been beefed up in affected villages to restore peace, he added.

The spokesman of 'Operation Safe Haven', the military task force maintaining peace in Plateau, Capt. Umar Adams, also spoke on the attacks and he described them as "unfortunate".

"We are aware of the unfortunate attacks, but I cannot confirm how many people were killed," he said.

Meanwhile, Governor Simon Lalong has asked security agencies to double their efforts toward ending the persistent attacks on rural communities in the state. 

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The attacks had forced the Governor to quickly return to the state, cutting short his participation in the ongoing All Progressives Congress' convention holding in Abuja.

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