About 500 villagers of Jol village in Plateau's Riyom Local Government Area yesterday survived one of the deadliest attacks in the area in recent times.

Yesterday at about noon, dozens of armed men reportedly stormed Tanjol and Tarai hamlets of Jol village, communities of over 200 inhabitants each, shooting sporadically.

Only two fatalities including one death and one severe injury were however confirmed as of the time of publishing this report.

The attackers are suspected to have been Fulani herdsmen who may have collaborated with military personnel.

The villagers are believed to have survived the attack due to renewed security network.

Authorities are however still to confirm the incident.

Meanwhile, farm crops estimated at over N10m were on Wednesday night reportedly mowed down in Lege and Mangul areas of Jol village, Riyom LGA of Plateau State by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

The crops spread across an estimated 67 hectares of farmland include Maize, Pepper, Garden Egg and Sweet Potato among others.

No group has claimed responsibility for the development and no suspect has been arrested.

Sister Local Governments of Riyom and Barkin Ladi in Plateau State have witnessed sustained attacks in the past few weeks.

The attacks had shifted to Bassa and Bokkos LGAs but resumed in April with the killing of seven in Nding village, Fan district of B/Ladi LGA.

Nearly 20 attacks have been recorded ever since, with over 30 people killed in different incidences.

Authorities have blamed the renewed attacks on cattle rustling.

Commentators however perceive the attackers to have government backing.

No arrest has been made since the attacks resumed in the areas despite the fact that the Fulani umbrella group, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has justified the killings in a Press statement.