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Soldiers, suspected herdsmen engage in gun battle in Benue state

Soldiers, suspected herdsmen engage in gun battle in Benue state

- Soldiers and armed herdsmen fought in Benue state

- No casualties were recorded in the gun battle

The theatre commander of Operation Whirl Stroke, Maj. Gen. Adeyemi Yekini, said the military and some armed herdsmen engaged in a gun battle that lasted for several hours in Guma local government area of Benue state.

Yekini said no casualties were recorded as the army tried to repel the armed men.

He said: “Our men went on patrol along Gbajimba and encountered the herdsmen but we have no record of death or injury yet because our troops are still on the field. However, I’ll let you know as soon as possible.”

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A report by Punch, however, claimed that the suspected herdsmen in the early hours of Saturday ambushed the military personnel who were on surveillance in the Guma local government area, killing one soldier and injuring two others. earlier reported that seven suspected Boko Haram terrorists at Garanda village in Borno state were killed by troops serving in the counter insurgency operation.

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The deputy director of information, Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Clement Nwachukwu, said on August 9, that the killing of the insurgents occurred when troops were repelling an attack by the terrorists.

Nwachukwu said the terrorists had launched an attack on a military location in the village in Guzamala local government area of the Borno state.

He said the troops who were alert swiftly repelled the attacks, killing seven of the insurgents in the process.

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