From Jude Owuamanam, Jos

The Plateau State Police Command has clarified that the attack on Zurak community in Wase local government area of the state, which left about 40 people dead was carried out by bandits fleeing from heavy bombardment from security forces.

The command also gave the casualty figure from Monday attack as 16, comprising of nine locals and seven bandits while one of the bandits was arrested while seeking medical attention

Police spokesman, Alfred Alabo, said that security forces made up of a combined team of DSS and other security operatives had carried out aggressive onslaught against bandits at Bangalala Forest in Wase local council, a border between Plateau, Bauchi and Taraba State respectfully, where seven bandits have been neutralize in the area.

He said that other bandits who fled during the operation attacked Zurak and Dakai Villages, leaving in their trail nine person dead and six houses burnt

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Alabo says, “Following the incident, the Commissioner of Police Plateau State Command has made more deployment to the area and has directed the Area Commander of Langtang to relocate his base to Wase Local Government Area with immediate effect.

“The Command is also pleased to announce to the State Government and the people of Plateau State that one of the bandit who escaped and went to seek treatment at a hospital in Wase was arrested with gunshot wounds.

“The suspect has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Jos for discreet investigation.

“The Commissioner Police conveys his heartfelt condolences to the Government and the good people of Plateau State, most especially the peace-loving citizens of Wase LGA.”

Our correspondent gathered that Zurak and adjoining communities are mining areas, prone to attack by bandits


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