Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke on Saturday launched airstrikes on the hideouts of bandits at the border between Benue and Nasarawa states, killing five and injured others.
The armed bandits had in the early hours of Saturday attacked residents of Anune community on Naka Road in Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue State, killing one and wounding many, according to one of the local sources who identified himself as Tyonum.
He told the Punch, “As soon as leaders in the community heard of the shooting, they contacted authorities who later sent the information to OPWS troops who swiftly went after the attackers.
“A few hours after, we sighted a helicopter hovering over our community as well as some soldiers in trucks moving into the forest where the attackers had earlier retreated to.
“About two hours later, we saw one of the trucks which conveyed five corpses of the bandits who had earlier attacked our community.”
Tyonum added that the attack was unprovoked and added that it was the sporadic gunshots that woke up some of the residents.
A military source confirmed an operation in Anune community on Naka road.
“There was a distress call from a local government official about the invasion of Anune community by bandits and troops dispatched to the area were able to neutralize five of the bandits.
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Catherine Anene also confirmed the attack on the village.