Three suspected herdsmen have been killed in Tsehombe-Adaka village, Benue State, coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, said in a statement on Monday.
“Troops of Sector one, Operation WHIRL STROKE, yesterday, 6 December 2020 responded to a distress call from Local vigilante members reporting an ongoing attack by suspected armed herdsmen on Tsehombe-Adaka village.
“Troops immediately mobilized to the location leading to a shoot-out between troops and armed bandits.
“The gallant troops overwhelmed the bandits by superior firepower, following which troops successfully neutralised 3 of the armed bandits while others escaped with gunshot wounds,” the statement partly read.
It added that weapons recovered from the bandits included one AK 47 rifle loaded with one magazine containing 5 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition.
According to defence spokesman, the troops have continued to dominate the area with aggressive patrols to deter further attacks.