Gunmen kill 11 Nigerian troops in central Benue state

Military spokesman says troops working in Benue state got here below assault whereas on routine operational job.

Gunmen have killed 10 troopers and an officer within the central Nigerian state of Benue.

“Nigerian Military troops working in Benue State got here below assault whereas on routine operational job,” military spokesman Mohammed Yerima stated in a press release on Friday, which gave no particulars of the time of the incident.

The military stated it was attempting to trace down the perpetrators.

It was not instantly clear who was behind the assault however Benue is a part of Nigeria’s center belt area, the place gangs have taken up arms after years of communal clashes between herders and farmers.

Final month, Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom stated he had escaped an assault by armed herders whereas travelling in a convoy.

Lethal clashes between nomadic Fulani herders and farmers over land, grazing and water have plagued components of central Nigeria for years.

Nigeria’s safety forces are battling on a number of fronts – a greater than decade-long armed rebellion within the northeast, felony gangs within the northwest and a separatist militia within the southeast.

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