Three youths killed in Jos night party
•Soldiers deny involvement
Gunmen, suspected to be soldiers serving with the Special Task Force (STF) on Jos crisis, allegedly shot three youths at a disco party in Jos.
Several other youths were injured in the Sunday night shoot-out.
It was gathered that some boys were celebrating their friend’s birthday party at JoeNice Bar, Nyago Gyel, Bukuru Lowcost, Jos South Local Government.
One of the youths, who escaped, Bulus Monday said: “The shooting followed a disagreement by youths who attended the party.
“There was a brawl among some youths; so the owner of the bar called in soldiers to “scare” the boys.
“But on reaching the bar, I don’t know what the owner told the soldiers. Before we knew it, the soldiers opened fire and all of us ran in various directions. In the end, we saw the bodies of three boys on the ground.
“I can swear it was the soldiers who killed the boys. I was there and I saw it all. “
But STF spokesman Capt Iweka Ikedichi said soldiers did not shoot anyone and no one died.
But a victim’s father, Nantel Miri, claimed his son, Timshak, died as a result of shooting by the STF soldiers.
Miri said: “Those around the bar told me it was the soldiers invited by the owner of the bar who killed the three boys. People heard the gunshots, so it is funny for the soldiers to deny the shooting.”
It was gathered that officials of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Bukuru evacuated the bodies from the scene.
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