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Gunmen kill at least eight in raids on Nigeria villages

A military unit heads to a trouble spot in Jos, Plateau State on April 2, 2011Jos (Nigeria) (AFP) – At least eight people, including three security officers, were killed when gunmen raided three villages in Nigeria’s volatile central Plateau state, army and police spokesmen said. Army Special Task Force (STF) spokesman in the state, Captain Ikedichi Iweha said: “Eight people, including three STF personnel, died in the gun battle. “But the casualties would have been heavier but for the STF, who went there promptly to repel the unknown attackers. Police spokeman Joseph Dominic Esin said the gunmen arrived in the villages simultaneously and started shooting sporadically, setting homes on fire.

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