ABUJA, (Xinhua) --
At least 11 people were killed and four others
wounded when gunmen opened fire on villagers in Nigeria’s
central state of Plateau, the police said on Wednesday.
The villagers were
returning from a local market in Riyom area of the state late
Tuesday when the gunmen struck, said Terna Tyopev, a spokesman
for the police.
No arrest has so far
been made, but investigators are working to track the gunmen,
Tyopev told Xinhua.
The attack was the
latest in a series of violence in rural communities in Plateau,
a state situated in Nigeria’s middle belt where the
Muslim-dominated north and the Christian-majority south meets.
The Nigerian state
had suffered massive violence for more than a decade, but it
enjoyed relative peace for two years before bloodshed resumed in
Last month, the police said it had launched an investigation
into recent attacks which claimed many lives in the state.