35 killed as soldiers engage herdsmen in gunfight, weapons recovered

35 killed as soldiers engage herdsmen in gunfight, weapons recovered

The Nigerian army in its Operation Whirl Stroke reportedly killed 35 herdsmen in an effort to maintain peace in troubled areas of the country.

Vanguard reports that this was contained in a statement released on Monday, May 21 by the Defence Headquarters.

The acting director of defence information, Brigadier General John Agim in the statement also said one soldier was killed while two others were wounded. He added that the operation took place at the weekend in Taraba, Nasarawa, Zamfara and Benue states.

Read the statement below:

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 tipoff 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 one militia was killed.

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“In another development, one Adamu Abdullahi, a suspected herdsman at Rukubi in Doma Local Government Area 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 escaped with gunshot injuries.

However, a soldier was killed in action (KIA), 2 sustained slight injuries but have been treated and discharged. Also, 1 soldier is still missing in action.

“Furthermore, OPWS in Nasarawa state arrested one Musa Habu (aged 32 years) at Kolo close to Umiasha in Toto Local Government Council.

“Items recovered from the suspect include; 1 locally made pistol, 2 x cartridges, 1 Techno phone and hundred and thirty naira only. Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect is linked with some suspected militia in that locality. He has been handed over to the DSS for further necessary action.

“In the same vein, troops of OPWS sector 3 Taraba, on patrol through Kwesati, Manya-Garagun axis made contact with 8 bandits who were arrested and were armed with 2 AK47 rifle, 1 x K2 rifle and 2 x locally made gun.

Ammunitions recovered from them include 56 rounds of 7.6mm, 25 rounds of k2, 3x cartridge, charms, phones amongst other items. Suspects and items are to be handed over to DSS for further investigation.”

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NAIJ.com had reported that the Nigerian Army has disclosed that troops have nabbed some armed bandits along road Manya-Gangun in Ussa local government area of Taraba state.

It was disclosed that two AK47 rifles, one K2 rifle, two dane guns, 56 rounds of 7.62 special ammunition, 25 K2 rounds, three cartridges, charms and phones were recovered from the bandits.

The army disclosed the capture of the criminals in a statement signed by Colonel Kayode Ogunsanya, deputy director, Army public relations.

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Source: Naija.ng

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