Bandits Launch Attack on Plateau Community Kill Father and Son.

Another assailant attack killed two people in Durbi village of Shere district, Jos East local government area.

The attack comes as the state is still reeling from the killings of over 190 persons in the state’s Christmas Eve attacks on the Bokkos and Barkin-Ladi local government districts.

Markus Nyam, the head of the Transition Implementation Committee, verified this on Sunday, adding that the attackers stormed the community on Saturday night and killed a father and his son.

Nyam further stated that the efforts of community vigilantes who battled the intruders resulted in the death of one of the attackers while others fled.

Operation Safe Haven officers from the Joint Security Task Force also responded to the community’s distress call, preventing the attackers from causing further harm.

The attacks, which began on the evening of December 23 and lasted until the morning of December 26, killed nearly 200 people. Violence plagued them for many years.

For years, religious and ethnic conflicts have roiled the province, which is divided between the Muslim-majority north and the predominantly Christian south.

Nearly 20,000 people, mostly women and children, were killed in recent attacks in 20 villages around Bokkos and Barkin Ladi.

. They are presently being housed in the Red Cross’s 23 camps.

Vice President Kashim Shettima said during a visit to the region on Wednesday that relief would arrive soon.

State Governor Caleb Mutfwang declared, “I will personally oversee it and make sure that nobody hijacks any of it.”

NEMA’s Yuhanna Audu told AFP that supplies were on their way and that distribution would begin within two days.

Nigerian President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has directed that “security agents move in quickly, scour every stretch of the zone, and catch the perpetrators.”

Bandit militias have long terrorised Northwest and Central Nigeria, operating from deep in the forest and raiding villages to pillage and kidnap citizens for ransom.

Due to rapid population growth and climate stress, competition for natural resources between farmers and nomadic herders has exacerbated social tensions and led to violence.

Since 2009, a jihadist struggle has raged in northeastern Nigeria, killing tens of thousands of people and displacing around two million people as Boko Haram jihadists battle rivals tied to the Islamic State group for power.

In a statement, UN Human Rights Chief Volker Turk said he was “very disturbed” by the Christmas weekend atrocities.

“The cycle of impunity that fuels recurring violence must be halted as soon as possible.” “The government should also take substantial action to address the underlying fundamental causes and ensure that this horrific violence does not again,” he said.

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