About two persons have been reported dead following a suspected air poisoning of a well by men of the Special Task Force (STF) in Plateau's Riyom LGA.

The two were reportedly forced to enter the poisoned well in Sopp village and carry out some excavations by the STF personnel to enable them get some water from it.

One reportedly entered after the other, but both could not make it out of the well.

Their deaths were reportedly observed when another youngman was forced to enter by the STF where he pleaded for a robe to be tied around his waist in case of emergency.

The incident immediately sparked riots by youths in the village leading to three of them being shot by the STF personnel.

Police authorities have confirmed the incident but have not released details.

As at the time of filing this report however, the dead two were deposited at the Plateau Specialists Hospital mortuary while the three wounded were receiving treatment at the same hospital.