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13 February 2011

Five killed in another Jos attack

Five people were killed while nine others were injured on Thursday night in a fresh attack suspected to have been carried out by Fulani herdsmen, who made away with about 30 cows at the quarters of the Federal College of Land Resources Technology, Kuru, in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State

The Nation

Others who lost their lives in the incident included the accountant of the school, Mr. Audu Chube, his wife and a four-year-old daughter. The electrician of the institution was also killed.

A survivor, Pretty Chube, who spoke to our correspondent on her sick bed at Vom Christian Hospital, said the armed men came to their compound at night and started shooting, killing her parents and a younger sister in the process.

The Chief Medical Suprintendent of the Vom Christian Hospital, Dr. Samuel Dido, said five bodies were brought to the hospital, together with nine people, who sustained gunshot wounds and machete cuts.

Dr. Dido said the hospital was facing a lot of challenges, as all its consumables had been in use since last year for the treatment of victims of the Jos crises. He called on the Plateau State government to come to the aid of the hospital, saying they were running short of equipment and man power.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Plateau State, Mr. Apev Jacob, confirmed that five people were killed. He put the number of those who sustained various degrees of injuries at eight.

He said: "The command recorded an ugly armed incident on Thursday February 10, 2011, at about 20:15 hours, when gunmen invaded the staff quarters of the Federal College of Land Resources Technology, Kuru, to rustle cattle. In the process, they shot five persons dead and wounded eight others.

"It was reported that Mr. Haruna, who owned the cattle, had had his cattle rustled in the past and had personally gone to Barkin-Ladi to recover them. He was one of those killed during the incident.’’

gathered that the stolen cattle belonged to the Chief Security Officer of the institution, Haruna Danjuma, who was among the five victims.

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