THERE seem to be no end in sight for the carnage as dozens were reportedly killed when soldiers and gunmen clashed in two villages of Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State, on Saturday morning.
The clash occurred after Governor Caleb Mutfwang relaxed the 24-hour curfew imposed on the area.
Mutfwang had said following improvement of security, the curfew should be from 8am to 4pm.
Sources told our correspondent that about 30 gunmen were killed while some soldiers sustained injuries during the clash at Satguru and Tyop villages.
A security operative, who requested anonymity, told this newspaper, “The incident occurred between 7 to 7:30 am when the gunmen came in their numbers and started attacking some communities along Gindri road. In no time, the soldiers were alerted and immediately responded.
“About 30 of the gunmen were killed while more than 50 of them were arrested with guns and ammunition. Four soldiers were equally injured.”
Another source in the area who also pleaded for anonymity confirmed the incident to this newspaper, adding that people were still in fear.
Spokesperson of Operation Safe Haven, a multi-security taskforce maintaining peace in the area, is yet to respond to the inquiries by our correspondent.