Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, on New Year’s eve attacked a church at Maikatako village in Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State, killing two persons and injuring 16 others.
It was learnt that during the crossover night service at the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), Maiakworigold on Tuesday night, some gunmen stormed the church and started shooting sporadically, killing two people on the spot and injuring 16 others.
According to an eyewitness, the night service to usher in the New Year was going on when the gunmen stormed the church and began to shoot at worshippers.
He added that the 16 people injured in the attack were being treated at hospitals in Jos and Barkin Ladi.
The Speaker of the state House of Assembly and member representing Bokkos constituency, Hon. Titus Alams, confirmed that two persons were killed and 16 others injured in the church attack.
According to him, five of the injured persons who were receiving treatment at the state Specialist Hospital in Jos, were in stable conditions, while the 11 others were receiving treatment at Barkin Ladi General Hospital.
Commending security operatives for their prompt response, Alams urged them to do everything possible to fish out the perpetrators.
The speaker also appealed to the youths in the area to remain calm and report any suspicious movement to law enforcement agents.