Herdsmen attack again. Just when Nigerians thought they had shielded their sword, they strike again.

On Sunday night, the dreaded herdsmen left tears and sorrows in their wake after they attacked the Jos South and Bassa Local Government Areas of Plateau State and killed 14 persons.

The killings came at a time when Governor Simon Lalong was in Beijing, China with President Muhammadu Buhari to participate in the 7th Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation scheduled to hold from September 3 to 4.

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The latest killings came barely 24 hours after the alarm raised by the Executive Director of Stephanos Foundation, a civil rights organisation, Mark Lipdo, of fresh plots by the herdsmen to attack some villages in Plateau State.

He had said: “It is rumoured that the Fulani will sweep over Berom Land on (Sunday) September 2. This was how all the past attacks were rumoured and the security took them for granted until hundreds were wiped out, some in their sleep. Here again is another rumour!

“What will the security do? Sit down and do nothing until blood is spilt!! God, arise and defend the cause of the defenceless in the land. It is another rumour, but today rumours seem to be more authentic than government information. So sad!!!.”

It was gathered that in one of the attacks which took place at a community called Rati around Du village, close to Dogo Nahawa, the herdsmen came on motorbikes and sprayed bullets sporadically on their victims killing 12 persons on the spot.

During the second incident, the assailants were said to have laid ambush for their victims in Adu village in the Kwall District, Bassa LGA around 11 pm and shot at their targets.

While one was killed on the spot and his corpse cut to pieces, the second victim was said to have died on Monday morning in the hospital.

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