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Troops Of The Nigerian Army Kills 35 Armed Herdsmen in Benue

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Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS) operating in Benue, Nasarawa, Taraba and Zamfara states conducted a four prong clearance operations during the weekend. At Umaisha and Toto Villages troops ambushed the militia following a tip off of a planned attack on the two villages.

On the ensuing melee 1 x G3 rifle, 193 x 17.62 mm NATO, 81xG3 rifle ammunition, a locally made pistol and 1 FN magazine filled with round were recovered and 1 militia was killed.

In another development, one Abdullahi Adamu, suspected herdsman at Rukubi in Doma LGA of Nasarawa state was arrested in possession of an ID card of the vigilante group of Nigeria, Nasarawa state command and a photograph in which he posed with an AK47 rifle. The suspect is still under interrogation and will be handed over to the police for prosecution after preliminary investigation.

Similarly, clearance operation across Gwer West, Logo and Guma LGA’s of Benue State was conducted during the weekend. Troops made contact with heavily armed herdsmen around lower Benue and a militia camp at chetarer village.

The troops engaged the militia and followed the pursuit with M135 Helicopter of their air component. This led to a large member of them being neutralized.

In all 35 herdsmen were neutralized and a large number of them escape with gun shot injuries. However, one personnel was killed in action (KIA), 2 sustained slight injuries but have been treated and discharged. Also, a personnel is still missing in action.