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Gunmen attack Benue, kill 2 soldiers, others


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Gunmen suspected to be terror herdsmen have killed four people, including two soldiers in a renewed attack on some communities in Agatu local government area of Benue State.

A soldier is said to be missing following the attack.

Some of the villages attacked include Abugbe, Okokolo, Ugboju, Odugbeho and Olegobidu

A member representing Agatu state constituency, Godwin Edoh confirmed the attacks on Agatu communities, adding that two villagers were killed.

“Yes, the attack was from herdsmen. It happened yesterday (Thursday).

“We had casualties, some were injured and we lost some lives.

“What happened was there were threats of attacks on some villages, Ocholonya and Ugboju K’ Ugbe, for the past six days.

“So those people deserted their place and relocated to Okokolo. So it is in Okokolo that herdsmen came to attack them yesterday, (Thursday). Those are the displaced villages for now.”

“We lost about two people so far. A lot of people were injured and we are still monitoring their medication.”, he said.

Also, the immediate past Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mike Inalegwu said that two soldiers were killed and one missing.

Inalegwu said, “herdsmen came with their militia and fired guns at Okokolo, Ugboju and Akpa, making people to run away from their villages. So the soldiers were on patrol when they were ambushed by the armed herdsmen.

“The soldiers were stationed at Akpu, my village in front of my house for the past eight years. When they heard of gunshots they decided to go and find out where the gun came from but while they were patrolling, the herdsmen ambushed them.

“They shot their commander, and two others were killed. One of the soldiers is missing because when they dialed his number it was the voice of herdsman they heard from the other side.”


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