The troops of 72 Special Forces (SF) Battalion Makurdi, deployed for internal security operation in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State, have halted a clash between two Tiv clans – Shitile and Ikyora, Concise News.
This online news medium understands that the troops took the action on Tuesday morning.
A statement by Colonel Sagir Musa, the Acting Director Army Public Relations, said the efforts of the troops were due to information they got 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,” the statement added.
“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.
“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.”