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After Historic Slaughter of 150 Christians, Army Chief Congratulates Soldiers for ‘Job Well Done’

Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, Monday night (Dec. 25), hailed troops of the Nigerian Army for recording massive gains in the war against terrorists, commonly called bandits, in Plateau State, while hundreds of villagers in Bokkos and Barkin Ladi counties are dressed in sorrow after a bloody attack by bandits.

Christian families across the nation were preparing to celebrate this year’s Christmas Day. So too, the unarmed farming folk of Bokkos and Barkin Ladi until bandits struck 10:00 p.m. local time on Saturday, butchering villagers till 10:00 a.m. on Christmas Eve. TruthNigeria was the first Nigerian platform to give full details of the slaughter with on-site coverage by senior editor Masara Kim.

No fewer than 18 villages in two counties were attacked, according to combined media reports. The killer mercenaries killed at least 150 persons, wounded 500, and burned 221 houses, displacing several residents; damaged properties and plundered farmlands. TruthNigeria has yet to document military engagement with the invading force estimated to be between 500 and 1,000 killers armed with assault rifles. No casualties among the attackers have been reported, although scores of civilian guards with pipe guns attempted to slow down the invaders so that villagers could find cover in forests and stream beds.

As of Tuesday morning (today), 140 corpses have been found while search teams are still combing the areas in search of corpses and injured villagers, Amnesty International Nigeria said in a social media post.

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Ezinwanne Onwuka reports for TruthNigeria from Abuja.

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