Assailants have attacked the Heipang District of Barkin-Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State in North Central Nigeria.
Twenty persons were reportedly killed and over 10 others injured during the attack during the early hours of Thursday, Channels TV said in a report.
According to the report, residents of the community said the attackers came and invaded the community while they were sleeping.
They said the efforts of community vigilantes were not strong enough to ward off the attackers who they claimed had superior firepower against the vigilantes’ Dane guns.
The resident said the duel with the attackers resulted in the death of four of the vigilantes as they set some houses on fire, burning residents who were asleep and could not escape from the sudden attack.
John Mark Pam, a resident of the community, who lost five relatives, including his brother Dung Mark, the wife and three children, said the attackers invaded the compound, set the building ablaze and killed all members of the family in their sleep.
DSP Alfred Alabo, public relations officer of the Plateau police command confirmed the incident.
He stated that security has been reinforced in the community with personnel on the trail of the attackers.