Unknown gunmen kill 11 Nigerian military forces in Benue

Unknown gunmen kill 11 Nigerian military forces in Benue
Charles Nwoke, Makurdi, Nigeria
April 9, 2021 

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Unknown gunmen killed 10 persons and an officer of the army in the central Nigerian state of Benue, the army said on Friday.

According to reports, it was not immediately clear who was behind the bloody attack but Benue is part of Nigeria’s middle belt region, where gangs have possessed arms after years of a communal fracas between Fulani herdsmen and farmers.

Mohammed Yerima, the Director of Communication and Media, Nigerian Army in a statement, provided no details of the time of the incident.

“Nigerian Army troops operating in Benue State came under attack while on routine operational task.”

The army said they were trying to track down the perpetrators of the terrifying act.

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom in a statement last month, said he had escaped an attack by armed herdsmen while traveling in a convoy, which Republic Underground had reported to you.

The deadly crisis between nomadic Fulani herders and farmers over farmlands, grazing, and water, has plagued parts of central Nigeria for so many years.

Nigeria’s security forces are combating on several fronts — a more than decade-long jihadist insurgency in the northeast, criminal gangs in the northwest, and a separatist militia in the southeast.