Assailants suspected to be Fulani herdsmen reportedly ambushed and killed 11 persons at Diyan junction in Rim District of Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State on Tuesday.
Daily Sun reports that the killings which occurred in the late hours of Tuesday, left 9 persons dead on the spot, two others died in the hospitals while three persons are battling between life and dead.
It was gathered that the victims were returning from Makera market on a Golf-3 vehicle where they were reportedly ambushed by the assailants while offloading at Diyan junction, near Gako village in Rim Community.
Eyewitness said the gunmen were plying the same route on a vectra car, trailed the victims from the Rim junction in Makera Village where a military checkpoint is located.
Police Public Relations officer (PPRO) ASP Tyopev Martias Terna confirmed that 11 persons were killed by unknown gunmen while returning from a market late night on Tuesday.
He said three others are injured and that investigation has commenced to track down and arrest the suspects.
Meanwhile, spokespersons of the Special Task Force (STF) in charge of internal security in Plateau, Captain Umar Adams said eight persons lost their lives in the attack and military personnel have been driven to the area to protect the place.