KILLINGS IN KOGI
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Posted 07 August 2012 - 04:20 PM
Gunmen Kill 16 Worshippers In Okene Deeper Life Bible Church
It was a bloody night in Kogi State yesterday as unknown gunmen stormed the Deeper Life Bible Church, Otite, near Okene, in the central axis of the state, killing 16 worshippers.
LEADERSHIP reliably gathered that members of the church were attending its weekly Monday Bible study service when the hoodlums stormed the place.
The gunmen, numbering about 10, who were said to have invaded the church in a Toyota Hiace bus, started firing sporadically.
Motorists plying the highway connecting the northern and southern part of the country as well as students of the Federal College of Education, Okene, which is a stone throw from the venue of the incident, had to take cover to avoid running into the gunmen.
The worshippers could not escape immediately as the gunmen blocked the entrance of the church.
Some worshipers were able to escape during the attack which lasted about 20 minutes, even as nine others who received serious injuries were rushed to a nearby hospital.
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The commissioner of police, Kogi State command, Mr. Muhammadu Katsina, confirmed the incident in a telephone interview with our correspondent.
He said the gunmen entered the Deeper Life Church and switched off the generating set in the church before opening fire on the worshippers.
The police boss, who spoke while on his way to Otite, also confirmed the number of casualties, even as he promised to give details of the incident later, after visiting the place.
Police outpost razed in Shagari town
Unknown gunmen yesterday launched another bomb attack on hometown of the former President Shehu Shagari, destroying a police outpost in Shagari local government area of Sokoto State.
A source close to LEADERSHIP claimed that the attackers came on motorbikes and shot at the police outpost while firing at police officers on duty. The source added that the attackers tossed dynamites at the police post and raced down the station.
Shagari LGA is about 50km from the capital of Sokoto where the sect attacked two police formations last week.
Though details of the attack were sketchy at press time, police sources said there was no casualty, adding that investigation into the incident was ongoing.
Link: Gunmen Kill 16 Worshippers In Okene Deeper Life Bible Church | Leadership Newspapers
Read more: Nigeria: Gunmen Kill 19 At Church in Okene, Kogi State; Bomb Also Found in Kogi Church | NewsRescue
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