10 killed, dozens maimed in central Nigeria attack

Ten people were killed and dozens of others maimed following an attack by gunmen in Nigeria’s central state of Plateau, local officials said on Saturday.

A mass burial was held for victims on Friday, a few hours after some unknown gunmen invaded rural settlements in Daffo district of the state, Danjuma Abbas, a local government official, told Xinhua.

Abbas said those killed included five women, four men, and an infant.

Another official said many houses were razed during the attack.

The gunmen fled after wreaking havoc on the rural settlements, according to the official.

The attack occurred barely 24 hours after Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari departed Jos, the state capital, on a day visit.

Local police said an investigation has been launched to apprehend the gunmen.

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