Gunmen raid police station in Kogi, three killed

Gunmen have killed at least two police officers and a civilian in a raid on a police station in Kogi State, central Nigeria.

The gunmen - said to number about five - rode on motor bikes into the police station at about 0200 on Tuesday and started firing sporadically.

Reports say the gunmen were armed with AK-47 rifles, initially
opening fire to scare people away before they moved straight into the station and killed the two policemen on duty, along with a suspect in a cell.

It is not clear why they attacked the police station but they allegedly made away with at least one police rifle and then ransacked the station for more guns and ammunition.

Kogi state police spokesman Willy Aya told the BBC they have opened an investigation into the attack.

He could not say if the attackers were just armed bandits or members of any militant group.

Suspected Boko Haram militants have previously attacked parts of Kogi state mainly in Okene town and the capital, Lokoja. Reports indicate that the insurgents operate a militant cell in the state.


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