The Nigerian Army, on Tuesday, said its troops of 72 Special Forces Battalion in Benue State, intercepted 20 armed herdsmen, killing four during gun duel that ensued.￼
The herdsmen were accosted at Teguma Village, in Guma Local Government Area of the state.
According to the Army Director of Public Relations, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, in a statement, four of the herdsmen were neutralized, others escaped following superior gunfire.
“Troops of 72 Special Forces Battalion on 16 April 18 on Operation MESA at Yogbo in Guma Local Government Area of Benue state encountered about 20 militia herdsmen at Teguma village while on patrol,” the statement read.
“Four of the militia herdsmen were neutralized during the encounter while others fled following superior gun power.
“Items recovered include four AK 47 rifles, five 7.62mm rounds of ammunition and 28 rounds of 7.62 police special ammunition.
“The Nigerian Army wishes to restate its commitment and determination to rid the country of criminals and enemies of state.”