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Fear grips Plateau as gunmen attack herdsmen, kill 13 cows

Fear has gripped Fan district of Ndim community in the Barikin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State, as gunmen reportedly attacked herdsmen, killing no fewer than 13 cattle.




According to Abubakar Gambo, the Secretary of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), who confirmed the attack, the cattle died in the spot.





One of the herdsmen, who survived the attack, Muhammad Yakubu, recalled the near-death encounter.



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He said: “We were tending to our cattle when suddenly, three young men armed with guns descended on us and started shooting sporadically. We were lucky to have fled the scene of the incident unhurt but 13 cattle were shot dead while six were injured.”




However, Nura Abdullahi, the state chairman of MACBAN, condemned the attack.




“What is happening to us in the Barikin Ladi general area is a deliberate attempt to provoke our members. They are picking a fight with us. We are calling on security agencies to arrest those responsible for these brutal attacks,” he said.



The spokesperson of Operation SAFE HAVEN, Major Samson Zhakom, has neither denied nor confirmed the report.