Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke on Saturday neutralized five armed bandits and injured some during an air raid of their hideouts on the border between Benue and Nasarawa states.
The bandits had in the early hours of Saturday attacked residents of Anune community on Naka Road in Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue State.
The bandits stormed the community and shot some persons dead injuring others, a source in the area identified simply as Tyonum, told the Punch.
“As soon as leaders in the community heard of the shooting, they contacted authorities who later sent the information to OPWS troops who swiftly went after the attackers.
“A few hours after, we sighted a helicopter hovering over our community as well as some soldiers in trucks moving into the forest where the attackers had earlier retreated to.
“About two hours later, we saw one of the trucks which conveyed five corpses of the bandits who had earlier attacked our community,” Tyonum said.
According to the source, it was the sporadic gunshots that woke up some of the residents.
Also, the operation in the community was confirmed by a source in the military, according to the publication.
“There was a distress call from a local government official about the invasion of Anune community by bandits and troops dispatched to the area were able to neutralize five of the bandits,” the military source said.
DSP Catherine Anene, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, also confirmed the attack on the village.
“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,” she said.