The Nigerian Army on Monday said troops of Operation Safe Haven stationed in Plateau State have killed five of the suspected perpetrators of the recent killings in Plateau State in which 19 people were reportedly killed.
The killings were suspected to have been carried out by herdsmen over the death of a Fulani boy.
The Special Task which is responsible for maintaining peace in crisis ridding Jos communities, said it shot and killed five persons suspected to be assailants who attacked and killed 19 persons in Ancha, a village in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.
Captain Adamu Umar, spokesman for the Task Force, said, “Apart from the five persons that were killed by our men, some were injured.”
“One of the members of Task Force died in the encounter while another was injured”
He added that the injured soldier was responding to treatment.
Umar maintained that soldiers are still in Ancha village to restore peace and order, saying the soldiers have since commenced day and night patrol and are combing the area in search of the remaining assailants.
President Muhammadu Buhari has since condemned the attack, and urged security agencies to apprehend the perpetrators.