A gun battle between security operatives and fundamentalists has been intense in Okene Local Govt Area of Kogi State. Residents confirm to Vanguard that gunshots were heard in the area all night. A source who craved anonymity told our reporters that some security operatives besieged Inike area of Okene LG where they were carrying out a raid on suspected extremists, in the process, a mosque belonging to a Muslim sect popularly known as Al-Sunnah was razed. This sparked the retaliation from the Al-Sunnah group as they went ahead to burn a vehicle belonging to the security operatives.
The gun battle between the security operatives and the Al-Sunnah group began around 5am this morning and it’s still on as at the time this report is filed.
Out of fear of being attacked, residents have remained indoors. Though the degree of casualty has not been ascertained, sources say one person has been reportedly injured by gun bullet while some of the Al-Sunnah group are said to have run towards a hill in Etahi area of Okene Local Govt.