Leadership (Abuja)

24 March 2014

Nigeria: STF Fends Off Attack On Church in Jos

A bloodbath was averted by the Special Task Force on Jos Crisis as over 100 unknown gunmen from the hill stormed Rantya Low Cost area of Nyango Gyel District of Jos South local government area of the state and started shooting sporadically.

LEADERSHIP investigation revealed that the incident occurred yesterday morning and that the attackers' target was a church located in the community.

According to our source, over 500 people were in the church preparing to commence worship when the gunmen started descending from the hills and shooting but were repelled by men of the STF.

Our correspondent gathered that the development created tension in the locality as churches around the area hurriedly ended their services.

The country coordinator of a non-governmental organisation (NG0), Apurimac Onlus, Godwin Okoko also told LEADERSHIP on phone that unknown gunmen in their large numbers stormed the community at about 10am and started shooting sporadically as they advanced before they were driven back.

He said no life was lost, and praised the security personnel for repelling the attack.

Also, a resident of the area who did not want his name in print told LEADERSHIP on phone in Jos yesterday that they were coming back from church when, suddenly, they were asked to go back and not to enter Rantya as gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen had come in from the hills and started shooting at the people who were in church for worship.

According to the resident, the timely arrival of the STF personnel on Jos saved the day as they returned fire for fire and chased the attackers away.

He, however, said none of the attackers was killed and none was arrested.

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