Community leaders and residents accused Nigerian troops on Sunday of killing dozens of civilians and razing homes to avenge the deaths of six soldiers. Traditional ruler Chief Jessie Miri told reporters up to 80 people have been killed in multiple attacks by soldiers over the weekend in
the Wase district of central Plateau state. Spokesman Capt. Ikwedichi Iweha denied the Special Task Force attacked any civilians, asking why they would attack the very people they are supposed to protect. But residents said the soldiers arrived in more than a dozen armored personnel carriers. Community leader Comrade Jangle Lohbut called a news conference in Plateau state capital, Jos, to say he had documented at least 38 deaths, including those of two police officers, members of the National Security and Civil Defense Corps and a member of a vigilante group.