Military personnel attached to the joint military spike operation code named Operation Whirl Stroke, OPWS have killed three suspected militant herdsmen on Monday afternoon after a gun battle between the two at Tomatar community in Guma local government area of Benue State.
Reports said that the armed herdsmen had stormed the community from a neigbouring state before they were intercepted by the military patrol team in the area, who engaged them in a fierce gun duel.
Unconfirmed reports indicated that they were the first to open fire on the military personnel on patrolling in preparatory to a further attack on the community when they were repelled by the military.
Major General Adeyemi Yekini, the Commander of OPWS, confimed the incident and said the armed herdsmen sneaked into the community for an attack.
“Our patrol team had an encounter with armed herdsmen around the Tomatar general area earlier today.
“The armed herdsmen sneaked into the community to attack Tamatar but our troops intercepted them and there was a shootout. We were able to flush them out and in the encounter we cashed them up to Tysem were after repelling them at Tomatar, three of them were killed. “As we speak we are still pursuing the remnants in the area. We also did not suffer any casualties in the encounter. For now I can also tell you that I do not have records of any civilian casualty in the encounter but our troops are still in the bush chasing the armed herdsmen,”he said. 0