Abuja, Sep 6: Eighteen people were killed in communal violence in flash point Central Nigerian city of Jos after a mob attacked a village, an incident which lead to widespread riots and violence. The people were killed in Christian villages by assailants suspected to be Muslim Fulani herdsmen in Jos.
According to a witness, the attackers came about 9 pm into, Kuru and Mararaban-Jama'a villages situated at the entrance of Jos city in Opel Vectra saloon cars and used an hour to attack the villagers with guns and machetes.
In another village, Zakaleo, four persons were killed by setting their rooms on fire and the villagers on discovering the incident, wailed profusely as they prepared to give the victims mass burial.
"See the soldiers'' checkpoint very close; even if they did not hear the cries of the people at least they saw the flames of fire from the burning houses but they refused to come on time," said Timothy Buba, the chairman of the local government.
The Commissioner of Information and Communication in the state, Abraham Yiljap confirmed the attack and described it as an outrage.
"Every Nigeria and every lover of human race should rise in condemnation over the happenings in Plateau State; the killing and maiming of innocent lives," he said.
Residents of the villages resorted to violent demonstration following the attack blocking the highway leading into Jos. They burnt tyres and attacked vehicles such that vehicles going out of and coming into the city were stuck.