By Taye Obateru
Jos â€” Another massacre was averted in the Plateau State capital Sunday as hoodlums again attacked Kuru Jenta community in Jos South Local Government Area, shooting sporadically to scare people out of their homes.
However, learning from the experience of the attacks on Dogon Na Hauwa and Biye where hundreds were killed, the villagers hid in their homes denying the attackers the opportunity of killing them as happened in the previous attacks.
In what has now become a recurring incident in the state since the January 17 to 20 crisis, the attackers invaded the settlements located along the Jos-Heipang Airport highway at about 12.30 yesterday.
Although no life was lost, an elderly man was said to have been hit by bullets when he came out to see what was happening. Two houses and four cars were razed during the attack.
Owner of one of the burnt houses, Mr. Markus Pwajok, who was a commissioner in Chief Joshua Dariye’s administration, said they suddenly heard gunshots in the middle of the night and on discovering that they were under attack, decided to take refuge inside rather than run outside to be slain.
â€œWe refused to run outside as our attackers expected as we had learnt from the experience of previous attacks on other places, so they just kept on shooting to scare us to come outâ€, he said.
Some of the villagers expressed shock over the attack since there was a security post manned by five soldiers some metres from the village.
However, Operations Officer of the Special Task Force, Col. Kayode Ogundele who confirmed the attack said the prompt response of the security men around repelled the attackers.
He said the situation would have been worse but for their presence adding that the security men responded swiftly to the distress calls received.