Attack on Kai village, Barkin Ladi LGA of Plateau State
On Sunday, June 24, Fulani militants attacked over a dozen towns in the Barkin Ladi, Mangu and Riyom local government areas of Plateau State. The militants burned homes, plundered villages, and shot indiscriminately at innocent men, women, and children in a 48-hour siege. Over 200 individuals have died from the attacks, a figure that continues to rise as scores of victims injured with gunshot wounds flee to hospitals or other villages in search of refuge.
The Plateau State government imposed a curfew affective immediately on Sunday night, restricting movement from 6pm-6am in the Riyom, Barkin Ladi and Jos South Local Government Areas to prevent a further collapse of law and order.
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State quickly condemned the Fulani militants for the attacks, calling for the immediate detainment and prosecution of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN). MACBAN has claimed responsibility for the attacks, and several Nigerian leaders consider the attacks a genocide. Benue State, also in the Middle Belt of Nigeria, has fallen victim to several assaults inflicted by Fulani militants – most notably in late April of this year. On April 25, an estimated 30 militants attacked a Catholic mass in Mbalom, killing 17 parishioners and 2 priests. The militants then proceeded to lay siege on the community, destroying 60 houses, farmland, and food buildings.
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