Gunmen Kill Two Soldiers, Others In Kogi State

Kogi state in Nigeria UPDATE: The dead victims in the attack included two soldiers and two of the gunmen that attacked the mosque during the Tasfir prayer at 4.00pm.

The soldiers were killed in a gunfight with the gunmen suspected to be members of the violent Islamist sect, Boko Haram.

Report says the attackers were dressed in white robes and drove in a Hilux Jeep to the Central Mosque close to the Okene Local Government Council secretariat while the Tasfir prayer was about to commence.

An eyewitness told Punch that a soldier stationed at the entrance of the mosque gunned down two of the attackers before they could proceed with their attack. But the soldier and another of his colleague were also killed in the ensued crossfire with the gunmen whose number was not ascertained.

The rest of the attackers that survived the gunfight were said to have escaped in the same Hilux Jeep before the arrival of other security agents.

The Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Command, Mr. Muhammed Katsina, confirmed the incident to journalists in Lokoja.

The Tuesday violence came even as members of the Deeper Life Bible Church, Otite, Okene, were still taking stock of members killed in Monday night attack.

Earlier report…

Gunmen on Tuesday shot dead two soldiers in Okene town in Kogi State.

Report says the military officers were killed as members of the Joint Task Force and suspected Boko Haram militants engaged in a gun battle in Okene, Kogi State.

Police Public Relations Officer, Simon Ile, confirmed the killing.

Details to come…

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