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Gunmen strike again in Plateau, kill university student, 14 others

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Tragedy struck in Plateau State on Thursday as armed assailants unleashed violence in two communities, claiming the lives of at least 15 individuals. Among the victims was a 200-level Computer Science student at Plateau State University in Bokkos.

Reports from local sources indicate that the attacks targeted the communities of Tilengpat and Butura, catching residents unaware as they slept. The assailants, armed and masked, reportedly initiated the assault by firing indiscriminately around 9 p.m. Thursday night.

While security agencies have yet to provide official statements regarding the incident, Samson Zhakom, a spokesperson for Operation Safe Haven, acknowledged that investigations are underway to ascertain the details of the attack.

Confirming the tragic loss, Yakubu Ayuba, the Registrar of Plateau State University, expressed deep sorrow over the death of the student, identified as Dading James Jordan, who resided in Chikam.

Ayuba condemned the attack as a heartless act, highlighting the university's ongoing efforts, in collaboration with the state government, security agencies, and other stakeholders, to enhance security within the campus and its environs.

Despite these concerted efforts, the heinous attack perpetrated by unknown assailants has left the university community mourning the loss of one of its own. The incident underscores the persistent challenges posed by insecurity in the state, prompting calls for intensified measures to safeguard lives and property.

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