Troops invade militia camp, killed 3, capture arms cache in Benue

Captured arms and ammunition from armed militia gang in Benue

The Military said on Thursday that its troops of Operation Whirl Stroke made up Sector 2 deployed at Katsina Ala, Ukum and Logo LGA’S of Benue state and those of Sector 4 drawn from parts of Taraba state at about 4.30am on Wednesday 22 April 2020 carried out a special raid operation on a suspected militia camp.

During the raid on the camp located at Anku Mbagen in Atera-Jange Torov Council Ward of Ukum LGA of Benue state, troops recovered a large cache of arms, ammunition and other items.

Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche said the recovery is “Sequel to timely and credible information received on the activities of Tiv armed militia operating around the border areas of Benue and Taraba states.

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“The armed militia on sighting the troops opened a barrage of fire on own troops.

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“The Special Forces troops responded swiftly and neutralized three gang members while others abandoned their position and weapons and fled into the bush with gunshot wounds.

“Items recovered include One 81mm mortar gun, five 60mm Commando Mortar gun, seven locally fabricated mortar tubes guns, three SMG rifles, and three double-barrel rifles.

Others include two locally-made rifles, one G3 rifle, one locally-made pistol, five AK 47 magazines, 166 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition, one car battery, fifteen rounds of locally made ammunition, two bags of gun powder, nine pairs of camouflage uniforms, one generator, three motorcycles, one cellular handset, charms and assorted hard drugs.

Enenche said there was no casualty on side of own troops.

He reiterated commitment of the armed forces to restoring peace in all parts of the country adding, “It also continues to request the general public for credible information which will assist the military to rid the country of criminal elements.”


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