An early morning ambush in Bakin-Korta, Mbadwem Council Ward of Guma Local Government area of Benue State and Keana in Nasarawa State by suspected herdsmen has led to the death of two soldiers attached to the â€˜Operation Whirl Strokeâ€™,a military operation in Benue,Nasarawa,Taraba and Zamfara
The attack also left the Unit Commander of the troops and another with serious injuries while their operational truck was riddled with bullets.
Confirming the development, the Guma Local Government council Chairman, Anthony Shawon said the incident occurred at about 5am.
In his account, Mr. Shawon said, â€œthe herdsmen came on.Monday and dug trenches around a new bridge the Governor Samuel Ortom administration built at Bakin-Korta linking Keana in Nasarawa State.
â€œI gathered they came in their numbers and dug the trenches on both sides of the bridge so that the army would not have easy access to the area in the event of an attack on Guma.
â€œWhen the soldiers got wind of the development, they mobilised the community to fill up the trenches. The people of the community in my local government went and filled it up.
â€œAt about 5am today( Tuesday) the soldiers also moved to Keana to find out those who carried out the act and why.
â€œOn their way after passing a Police check point on their way to Ruga a Fulani camp, somehow the herdsmen probably heard of their coming and laid ambush for the soldiers.
â€œIn the ensuing shootout two of the soldiers were killed on the spot, a Captain who is the Unit Commander was also shot but he has been moved to the hospital in Makurdi for treatment and surgery.
â€œWe learnt that they were planing to repeat what they did in Plateau State in Guma but for the quick response of the soldiers. I must commend the soldiers for taking a proactive measure to stop them but unfortunately they lost their personnel in the effort, it is regrettable,â€ Shawon added.
Efforts to reach the Force Commander of Operation Whirl Stroke, Maj. Gen. Adeyemi Yekini was unsuccessful as calls put to his phone were not responded to.