Three soldiers die in clashes in Plateau, Nigeria

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

In the Barkin Ladi local government area of Plateau State, Nigeria, three military people died on Saturday. These people belonged to a military group from the government which had allegedly “locked down” the region as a response to a conflict between herders and farmers, who had been causing a number of violent attacks on civilians in this area previously.

The commander of the military group, Augustine Agundu, announced the deaths to journalists on Saturday at Jos, the capital of Plateau State. The locals possessed an excessively large number of arms, he remarked; “The worst of it is that the proliferation of arms in Plateau is out of magnitude. I have locked down Barkin-ladi, this act will never repeat itself. We have made efforts to reconcile the warring factions but they have remained adamant.”

The military burned 200 houses without permission, Nigerian newspaper Premium Times reported. They attributed this claim to local residents, and the state secretary of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria.

The Nigerian government called the military operation Operation Safe Haven (OPSH).

Last week on Tuesday and Thursday five miners and two people were killed at Gana-Ropp village and at Nding village, respectively, Plateau State police command said on Thursday. In late August following a religious peacemaking summit, locals burned a church in Barkin Ladi and its pastor and his family.

Other regions of Plateau State affected by the conflicts between farmers and herders included Ryiom and Bassa local government areas.



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