Soldiers of Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS), on Saturday, reportedly killed five armed bandits who attacked a community in Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue State.
Daily Trust reports that the soldiers raided the bandits’ hideouts within the borders of Benue and Nasarawa States respectively.
The bandits were said to have earlier attacked villagers in Anune, a rural community along Naka road in the outskirts of Makurdi local government and allegedly killed unspecified numbers of people.
According to the newspaper, a witness said a military helicopter was seen hovering around the affected village between 9:00am and 10:00am on Saturday, as soldiers and police moved around in trucks.
The witness added that the security operatives drove into the forest area where the alleged bandits had earlier retreated into and were seen shortly after returning with at least five dead bodies.
The publication said another villager disclosed that the bandits attacked residents of the community around 4:00am, during which they fired gunshots sporadically.
The villager said he could not yet ascertain how many persons were killed, but that some people lost their lives in the attack, while those who sustained injuries have been evacuated to the hospital.
Meanwhile, DSP Catherine Anene, spokesperson of the police command, confirmed the attack on Anune village but did reveal if there was any casualty.
“Today 17/4/2021 at about 4.30am information was received that gunmen invaded Anune, Naka road, Makurdi. A team of Police officers have been deployed to the area to forestall further breakdown of law and order. Further information will be communicated to you please,” Anene said.