Angry youths in Lopandet community of Dwei Du area of Jos South Local Government Area in Plateau State yesterday attacked Police on patrol after the killing of 11 by unknown gunmen.

The youths went savage against journalists and securities after collecting corpses of victims of the Sunday night shooting in the community located near Rayfield, Jos, host community of the state Government House.

As a result, two policemen of the 'A' Division of the Plateau State Police Command - Inspector James Gomos and Sgt Muazu Adamu were severely wounded and are currently receiving treatment at the Police Headquarters Clinic in Jos.

Patrol vans used by the securities were equally damaged by the violent protesters.

Although the Federal Police are permitted by law to use their weapons in self-defense during such violent confrontations, there is no evidence the attacked policemen shot at the protesters.

When MKB visited at about 10am, the detachment of security personnel drafted to prevent further loss of lives and investigate the Sunday night attack were seen camped at the Laminho-Dwei Du road intersection obviously after withdrawing from the tensed community.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the State, DSP Tyopev Terna who had assured of thoroughly investigating the attack to fish out the perpetrators is worried, such hostilities could dampen the morale of his men.

He lamented in a phone conversation with MKB, "How can our men operate in such hostile environments and be effective or even use any of the damaged vehicles in responding to distress calls subsequently?"

Responding to the issue, Secretary General of the Berom Educational and Cultural Organization (BECO), Mr. Davou Choji condemned the attack on securities and journalists as criminal and unacceptable.

"We in BECO and Berom nation in general do not and will never support such acts of criminality.

"Whoever did it acted on his own and does not have the backing of our community," he said.

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State had earlier in a statement warned members of the public against "self-help".

"Members of the public are called upon to resist any temptation to self-help as these will be playing to the script of these perpetrators whose ultimate aim is to return the State to the dark era of bloodletting," Gov. Lalong said in a statement by his Information Commissioner, Yakubu Dati.

Dati was confident in the willingness of the securities to cooperate with the civil authorities in ending the growing attacks in the state.

Responding to a question by MKB on the constitutional powers of the State authorities over Federal securities, the Commissioner said, "The security agencies have demonstrated their commitment.

"Recall that the new STF Commander organised a peace dialogue where he secured commitment from the communities."

The State Government has in the past blamed the worsening insecurity in the state on the limited security powers vested on Governors by the constitution.

Citizens have equally accused the Federal securities of aiding and abating attacks in the state.