Gunmen were reported to have killed unconfirmed number of persons in a Wednesday night attack on Mile-Bakwai village in Bokkos, Plateau.
of persons in a Wednesday night attack on Mile-Bakwai village in Bokkos,
of the Special Task Force (STF) maintaining the peace in Plateau, confirmed the
attack and said that the attackers shot and injured two officers of the STF,
all of them mobile policemen.
Navy Capt. Jude Akpa, the Media Officer
figure was ``still being verified’’, but confirmed that men of the STF killed
six of the attackers and made some arrests.
He, however, said that the casualty
Bokkos Local Government, confirmed that 18 bodies were recovered at the scene
of the attack.
However, Mr Zakka Akos, the Chairman,
Hospital, Bokkos confirmed that 18 people were killed and among them was a 70
year old woman known as Kaka Kiwo.
Also Dr Kumbem Temang of Cottage
the attackers invaded the village “from 7 p.m. not long after we returned from
our farms and were resting in our respective houses.
A victim of the attack, one Majau Yohanna, as saying that
and had very sophisticated weapons,’’ Yohanna, currently on admission at the
Bingham University Teaching Hospital (BUTH), Jos.
“They (attackers) came in large numbers
descended on the villagers and started shooting everyone on sight. We had to
run for our dear lives. In the process, some of us were shot down while trying
According to him, “the attackers just
just God that saved me. It is a miracle that I am still alive,’’ he said.
“I was shot on my right rib and it was
who rushed him to BUTH because of the serious injuries he sustained, claimed
that he counted 20 bodies, including two policemen that were killed during the
attack on the village.
Mr Thomas Mafai, a relation of Yohanna,
at the Dung Hospital, Bokkos,” he said.
“Some of the victims are being treated
attackers were killed by men of the STF maintaining peace in Plateau.
Mafai however confirmed that six of the
Commissioner, Mr Chris Olakpe, said he was “very busy strategising with my
Divisional Police Officers and will not want any encumbrances.”
When contacted, the Plateau Police
that the two policemen shot by the attackers were currently on admission at the
Barkin Ladi General Hospital.
Akpa, while confirming the attack, said
the casualty figure. We are still verifying. It was a night attack so people
could have been killed anywhere. People were killed, but we cannot confirm the
number of those killed. The STF Commander there is still verifying the
figures,’’ he added.
“But like I told you, we are not sure of
those arrested, but declared that normalcy had been restored to the affected
He also could not confirm the number of
are calm,’’ he said.
“Our men are on ground there and things