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Police killing: Death toll rises to 30

09 May 2013, 16:58

Lafia - The Nasarawa State Commissioner of Police, Mr Abayomi Akeremale has confirmed that the bodies of 30 policemen killed on Tuesday by a militia group at Alakyo Village in Lafia had been recovered.

Akeremale told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lafia that nine police patrol vehicles were also burnt, while some officers on the patrol team were yet to be found.

It will be recalled that Gov. Umaru Al-Makura told State House Correspondents on Wednesday that 20 policemen were killed in the attack.

Akeremale said that investigation was still ongoing to ascertain the whereabouts of other officers, who went on a rescue operation and were ambushed by the militia.

He said that no arrests had been made, adding efforts are being made to bring the perpetrators of this dastardly act to book.

"We believe that members of the group are still in the bush around the area, and we would do all we can to smoke them out," the commissioner of police said.

Meanwhile, NAN reports that sympathisers and relatives of the slain policemen thronged the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia, on Thursday in search of the bodies of their missing relatives at hospital morgue.

NAN also reports that most of the bodies brought into the hospital in 10 ambulances were burnt beyond recognition.



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