Nigeria gun, machete attack kills 10, including 5 children

Attackers in Nigeria including some dressed as soldiers have killed 10 members of the same family with half of the victims under the age of six, an official in central Plateau state said Friday.

"The attack was in the night around 8:00 pm (1900 GMT Thursday) where a family of 10 were completely murdered," the governor's spokesman Pam Ayuba told AFP, adding that some of the attackers wore military uniforms.

"Five little children including a two-month-old child were slaughtered," he said, explaining that he visited the attacked family's compound in the Kogom village near the state capital Jos and was given a detailed account of the victims.

Spokesman for the military's State Task Force (STF) in Plateau, Lt. Kingsley Egbo, confirmed Ayuba's toll, but assured that no soldiers were involved in the massacre.

"Somehow, some hoodlums and criminals gained access to our old uniforms...but I can assure that none of our people were involved in the attack," he told

The area has seen waves violence involving members of the mainly Muslim Fulani ethnic group and the state's Christian Beroms, who see themselves as the indigenes of the Plateau.