Lagos - Gunmen have ambushed a local politician and shot him dead along with his wife and son in restive central Nigeria, hit by waves of ethnic violence and Islamist attacks, police said on Friday.
The attack that killed John Baren, chairperson of a local branch of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, occurred in the Riyom area of Plateau state.
"The man was killed in an ambush by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen on Wednesday evening," police spokesperson Abuh Emmanuel told AFP. "The assailants also killed his wife and son during the attack."
No group has claimed responsibility for the killings, the latest in the area in recent months.