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Herders kill four persons, abduct one in Benue

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Four persons were Sunday killed by suspected herdsmen in Gwer-West Local Council of Benue State. The Guardian gathered from anonymous informants that the herdsmen simultaneously carried out attack on Tse Shishim village and Tse Iber around Jimba and Ahumen settlements located on Makurdi–Naka–Ankpa highway and Mbaatan-Kunav.

The informants said the victims had gone to their hometowns to get food for their families in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps, oblivious that gunmen had ambushed them.

It was gathered that the armed Fulani attackers, on sighting them, started pursuing them with guns and cutlasses. They eventually shot Terhemba Shishim, Teryila Agbe, Yorloko Adumu and Mne Iorhemen.

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The assailants reportedly took Terhemen away alive with his motorcycle. Security operatives, on receiving the report, stormed the scene the following morning and combed the area but could not find any dead body.

However, a resident, Francis Ugbede, told newsmen that mutilated and decomposing bodies of some of the victims were recovered by youths yesterday morning and deposited at a private mortuary.

The Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO) of Benue command, DSP Catherine Anene, confirmed the killing of farmers on Saturday and Sunday by the gunmen.

MEANWHILE, troops of Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) have reportedly killed 40 Boko Haram terrorists in Kawuri village of Borno State.

Confirming the neutralisation yesterday in Maiduguri, the Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, Nigerian Army, Brig-Gen. Abdulwahab Eyitayo, commended the troops for protecting Kawuri from being overrun by insurgents.

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Eyitayo, who was excited over the decimation of the terrorists, disclosed: “Following credible intelligence, our troops bombarded a mass gathering of Boko Haram fighters at Kawuri village in Konduga Local Council of the state.”

He said the terrorists were planning to attack Maiduguri metropolis and environs when the troops quickly launched massive artillery bombardments of their camps, north of Sambisa Forest.

An intelligence officer also told The Guardian yesterday that the pre-emptive strikes were undertaken after obtaining intelligence on the movement of terrorists in the Konduga/Forest axis.

“We also intercepted the terrorists’ communication before striking them along with their camps located on the north fringe of forest,” he said. “Beside credible information from the people on the movement of terrorists, we were able to intercept their communication and devilish plans to attack Maiduguri and other communities.”

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