Jos: Angry looking soldiers armed with guns recently took hostage of a Plateau rural hospital belonging to Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) in an operation that lasted three hours.

The soldiers, attached to the Special Task Force (STF) invaded the Panyam COCIN hospital, Mangu LGA in what appeared to be a vendetta mission, The Light Bearer reports.

The soldiers according to the report brutalized hospital staff as well as patients on admission during the operation.

The hospital had admitted one of the soldiers with body injuries after violent clashes erupted between the STF and motorcycle riders at a security checkpoint, the report says.

The attack followed his discharge where he reportedly raised alarm on the presence of "criminal" patients on admission in the hospital.

The said patients according to The Light Bearer were among the group that engaged the soldiers in a riot.

The military authorities were said to have vindicated the soldiers involved in the attack saying the hospital shouldn't have admitted the patients.

The hospital management was however quoted as saying the patients were humans and had to be saved before any case could be attended to.