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Nigerian troops avert bloody communal clash, kill five mercenaries in Benue

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Godsgift Onyedinefu

The Nigerian Army says it’s troops of 72 Special Forces (SF) Battalion Makurdi, have averted what could have been a terrible clash between two Tiv clans – Shitile and Ikyora in the early hours of  Monday Katsina – Ala Local Government Area of Benue state.

The Army in a statement by its spokesperson, Col. Sagir Musa said the troops deployed for internal security operation information received information about the planned attack Shitile armed bandits

Musa said: “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.

According to Musa, the following items were recovered; one General Purpose Machine Gun, two AK 47 Rifles, 198 x 7.62 mm rounds of NATO Ammunition, sixteen 7.63 mm rounds of Special Ammunition, twoVehicles and seven Motorcycles.

Musa said the Nigerian Army applauded those who provided the information that led to the success of this operation.

“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,” he said.

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