Police give fresh details of attack on 3 Benue communities by suspected herdsmen

Police give fresh details of attack on 3 Benue communities by suspected herdsmen

- Spokesperson of the police in Benue says the casualty figure in the attack is yet to be known

- The attack, according to the police, happened very late on Saturday, June 6

- Some residents of the villages also confirmed the incident

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Some heavily armed suspected herdsmen very late on Saturday, June 6, attacked three communities in Benue state, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) confirmed on Sunday, June 7.

The police said the attack took place in the three communities in Guma local government area of the state and was carried out by suspected armed herdsmen.

The spokesperson of the police in the state, Catherine Anene, confirmed the incident and the time the attack was carried out.

Anene explained that the command had yet to establish the number of casualties that resulted from the attack by the suspected herdsmen.

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She, however, noted that peace had returned to the communities as military men of the Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS) had taken over the affected areas after assisting to repel the invaders.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that efforts were made to reach Major-General Adeyemi Yekini, the Force Commander of OPWS, did not yield any positive result.

The report quotes Jonah described as a resident of one of the communities as confirming too that the suspected herdsmen attacked three villages.

The resident was said to have named the villages as Torkula, Kponko and Kaseyo.

According to him, the residents suddenly started hearing gunshots immediately the attackers stormed the villages.

He said many people were killed in the attack, but could not give a specific figure.

“As soon as the troops of the OPWS heard about the attack, they swiftly went on the trail of the invaders and sighted them in the bush.

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“In fact, there was a fierce exchange of gunfire between the troops of the OPWS and the armed herdsmen during which five of the herdsmen were killed, but with no casualty on the side of the troops,” he was quoted as saying.

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