Thursday, July 21, 2016

Soldiers Open Fire On Irate Youths In Jos, Kill One

Soldiers serving with the Special Task Force on Jos crisis on Thursday opened fire on rampaging youth who blocked a road in Bokkos Local Government Area, in protest of the killing of a monarch.

According to reports by PREMIUM TIMES, at least one person was killed and five others injured.

A witness, Mangai Haruna, said the youth refused to allow soldiers into the area, pressing them instead to provide the killers of their kinsmen.

“They shot on our people, one of them died instantly,” Mr. Haruna said.

Residents say there is tension in Bokkos town, as many have fled the area to seek refuge elsewhere due to the recent crisis as even the weekly Thursday market in the town did not open.

The killing of the monarch is gradually degenerating into chaos in the state which has enjoyed relative peace in recent times after years of ethno-religious conflict that claimed the lives of thousands.

The latest spell of violence began on Monday afternoon when unknown gunmen ambushed and killed a first class traditional ruler and the Saf Ron Kurele, Lazarus Agaei alongside his wife, son and a police guard.

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