No fewer than ten passengers were reportedly murdered and burnt in Kassa village of Barikin Ladi Local Government Area Of Plateau state; a member of Seventh Day Adventist Church was also killed at Kabong a suburb of Jos North Local Government Area on Tuesday night.
The alleged suspected communities barricaded the main road linking central down to southern district districts. The Police Public Relation Officer in Plateau, Mr. Emmanuel Abu, confirmed the incident but said only three passengers were killed in the attack, saying that the remaining seven passengers were not found yet.
The nine passengers who were said to have been on their way to Mangu and Barkin Ladi towns reported to have been attacked on Tuesday afternoon by a group of people in the said area and killed nine of the ten passengers in the car.
Mallam Sa’adu who was the only escapee told journalists that the incident occurred on Tuesday when they were on their way to Mangu town.
The escapee narrated that; “We were on our way to Mangu suddenly a group of people stopped our car and started cutting us with machetes. Luckily for me, I pushed one of them and began to run. They followed me but could not catch me. Before they knew anything there was a security checkpoint in my front where I stopped and reported the incident. That was how I escaped the attack.”
Asked how many they were in the car and where the car was heading to, the escapee said, “We were ten in the car. Some of us were to alight in Barkin Ladi while some in Mangu town. We don’t know the circumstances behind the attack.”
Sa’adu further said the situation of the remaining passengers and their whereabouts was still unknown but report from the area revealed that the bodies of the passengers were later found burnt in Bisici, a village near where the incident took place.
Abu added that investigation was currently taking place to identify the culprits and bring them to book.
Recall that in recent time, there have been several cases of attacks and killings in some villages of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area where many lives were lost.