The victims, who were reportedly killed on Friday night in La’ake village of Kwall district, were said to be children below the age of 10.
This attack came barely 24 hours after five persons were killed, including a set of twins in the Bassa Local Government Area of the state, despite President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit.
According to the village head, Daniel Kadzia, the attackers invaded the village in commando style and “perfected their dastardly acts” within few minutes, having noticed that the youth and the men had gone for mining at that time of the day.
Narrating the sad event to Channels Television, the mother of two of the children who were killed, Laraba Yohanna, said the children were playing under the moonlight just before the attack.
According to her, the elders were indoors when they suddenly heard gunshots, which alerted her and led to pandemonium in the compound.
Within a few minutes, the place was surrounded by gunmen shooting sporadically and, in the process, the children were shot while running to safety.
The Police Public Relations Officer for the Plateau State Command, Mathias Tyopev, said the police commissioner had deployed security operatives to provide security in the community.
Communities in Irigwe Chiefdom of the Bassa LGA have been under incessant attacks from suspected herdsmen, leading to some villagers abandoning their ancestral homelands for fear of attacks in spite of several security checkpoints in the area.