Two soldiers killed in herdsmen attack in Plateau
Two soldiers were killed in a suspected Fulani herdsmen attack in Dung Kasa, Rafiki and Dutse Kura communities in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State. The attack according to reports, took place on February 14th. 23 other persons are reported to have been killed during the attack.
Confirming the death of the soldiers, the Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu, in a statement released last night, said seven suspects had been arrested, while a number of weapons were recovered from them. Chukwu disclosed that 23 dead bodies were discovered in Mararaba Dare area as the herdsmen opened fire on the troops’ convoy and the residents.
“Troops of 3 Division Garrison, Jos arrested seven suspects and recovered weapons in the clash between Miango community and herdsmen at Rafiki village on Wednesday. The troops responded to distress calls to the clash reported by locals. As troops moved in to settle the dispute, the herdsmen opened fire on them. Two soldiers paid the supreme price and seven suspects were arrested in connection with the clashes.
”While conducting search, troops discovered 23 dead bodies at Mararaba Dare shortly before Rafiki Village and many civilians were wounded. 2 other soldiers wounded are receiving medical attention at 3 Division Military Hospital and Medical Services. They are stable”.
Weapons recovered include one Ak 47 assault rifle with 26 rounds of 7.62mm special and one locally made single barrel loaded with 15 rounds.
Troops have intensified patrol within the general area to forestall further break down of law and other.