The police have confirmed the killing of five persons by gunmen at a mining site in Gana-Ropp village of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Terna Tyopev, disclosed this yesterday in Jos.

“On Tuesday at about 12:30p.m, we received distress call from Da Gyang Pam, the village head of Gana-Ropp village in Barkin Ladi, saying that there had been sporadic gunshots at a mining site around the area.

“A team of policemen led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Barkin Ladi Division was dispatched to the scene of crime.

“On arrival, it was discovered that five persons were shot by gunmen who fled the scene before the arrival of policemen

“Our men immediately moved those with gunshots to the General Hospital in the locality but were confirmed dead by the doctor on duty, “Tyopev said.

Tyopev, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said that corpses were released to the families for burial.

He said investigation was ongoing to arrest those behind the dastardly act.

The police spokesman called on members of the public with useful information on the killings to make it available to the security agencies for prompt action.