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A fresh attack in Ahwol Ward, Naraguta community, Jos North Local Government Area, Plateau state, resulted in the deaths of 36 people and the injuries of several others.

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The gunmen stormed the community with sophisticated weapons around 10 p.m. on Tuesday, killing the victims. Several others who were injured in the attack were rushed to the Bingham University Teaching Hospital in Jos, the state capital.

Ujah Johnson Jauro, the state’s paramount ruler of the Anaguta ethnic nationality, confirmed the attack to The in Jos on Wednesday.

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“Yes, it’s true,” the apex ruler said. I’ve been informed that some gunmen attacked my people in the Naraguta community last night, resulting in numerous casualties. But we’re still looking into it to see what happened.”

Yusuf Ali, the community’s Councilor for Ahwol Ward, confirmed the attack and said that people were burned alive in the affected area.

“Corpses have been taken to the mortuary this morning, and people are still trying to recover more corpses from several houses that the gunmen also set ablaze,” said another resident, Jeremiah Bulus. The people are in a terrible situation.”

According to the Councillor, the gunmen vandalised the community’s iron bridge before attacking the people, making it difficult for security agents to assess the situation when they were contacted about the attacks.

“When the gunmen arrived in the community around 10 p.m., they were just shooting in every direction,” he said. For the time being, only dead bodies have been found, and we are still looking for more victims because the shooting was excessive.

“At the time of the attack, the Chairman of the Local Government summoned security agents to the area, but it was later discovered that the gunmen had destroyed the iron bridge that connected the community.”

When contacted, Ubah Ogaba, the Plateau Police Command’s spokesman, could not be reached.

Also, as of the time of filing this report, several calls to Major Ishaku Takwa, the Military Information Officer for Operation Safe Haven, had gone unanswered.

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