Benue: Troops avert communal clash, neutralise five mercenaries

Troops of 72 Special Forces (SF) Battalion Makurdi, deployed for internal security operation in Katsina – Ala Local Government Area of Benue State, have averted what could have been a terrible clash between two Tiv clans – Shitile and Ikyora in the early hours of Tuesday.
        A statement from Colonel Sagir Musa, Acting Director Army Public Relations, said the

efforts of the troops were sequel to information received about the planned attack on Katsina-Ala town by Shitile armed bandits. Hence, the 72 SF Battalion troops laid an ambush along the suspected route where they intercepted the armed fighters/attackers. Consequently, there was an exchange of fire between the armed fighters and the soldiers. Five armed militia met their waterloo during the encounter. The following items were recovered:1 x General Purpose Machine Gun, 2 x AK 47 Rifles, 198 x 7.62 mm rounds of NATO Ammunition, 16 x 7.63 mm rounds of Special Ammunition, 2 x Vehicles, 7 x Motorcycles. The Nigerian Army hereby applaud those who provided the information that led to the success of this operation. The Nigerian Army also use this opportunity to remind the public on the need to be brothers’ keepers and continue to provide useful and timely information to the nearest security agencies for decisive action,” the statement read.

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