Thursday's midnight attack in Ancha, Miango village, northwest of Jos will forever remain a horrible memory for the survivors.

This is not the first time such attacks are being recorded in Plateau state.

However, for the people of the affected village, armed conflicts are completely alien to them.

The last time they heard of a violent conflict was three years ago when a Fulani boy was murdered in the bush, some five kilometers away from the village.

The affected Fulani family lives less than a kilometer away from the Ancha village.

The Fulani, allegedly concluding from minor farmer-herder nonviolent conflicts with some of the villagers believed it was a member of the Ancha community that killed their child.

Moreover, the scene of the murder was located few meters away from a farm belonging to a middle aged man in the village.

The day the murder was reported, the farm owner was on his farm working and was suspected to have had a hand in it.

He was therefore picked up by the police and detained for a year.

After series of investigations by the Criminal Investigation Department of the police, the suspect was released.

Few days before the Ancha attack however, there was a clash between some Fulani and native youths.

A Fulani herder was said to have grazed on a native's farm.

That sparked heated arguments which eventually degenerated into physical fights.

The conflict was however resolved following the intervention of elders of both Fulani and natives.

About two days before the attack however, most of the Fulani settlements were deserted by their occupants.

The Fulani youth who were said to frequent the village to watch football and movies, as well as charge their phones were no longer  seen around.

On Thursday at about midnight however, the rain of terror started.

The attackers, believed to be the Fulani came from the hills, an eyewitness said, pointing to a mountain near the village which borders the Fulani settlement in the community.

"They were people I know, they used to come here and we have been living with them.

"They spoke and sang in Fulani language and we know them.

"They were even calling the name of my neighbour that he should come out that his days were over, as they fired shots into his house through the glass window," eyewitness, Mrs. Esther Barry said.

As they arrived, the attackers who were armed with machetes and AK47 rifles split themselves into squads and spread out into the village.

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