The Special Task Force (STF) operation Safe Haven, in Plateau state, says more than 100 rebels that recently attacked some villages in Langtang south local government area of the state, were killed in a gun duel with officers of the task force.
Commander of the STF, Major General Henry Ayoola, while speaking in Jos on the situation of the incident explained that the issue was not a case of ethnic crisis as insinuated, but rather a situation where some gunmen came to attack residents of three communities.
According to the Army General, as soon as STF got the alert on the attack, the task force troop moved into the communities to bring the situation under control but they were attacked by the insurgents.
This led to a cross fire in which over a hundred of the attackers were killed, he explained.
General Ayoola assured that the affected communities are under surveillance as more troops have been deployed for intensive patrol of the areas to forestall any attack.
About 28 villagers were killed in the pre-dawn attack by suspected Fulani gunmen on Magama, Bongon and Karkashi villages of Langtang south local government area of Plateau state, north central Nigeria.
The Fulani herdsmen are alleged to have carried out the attack on the Taroh after hundreds of their cattle were stolen. Two villages in a nearby Fulani and Hausa community were subsequently burnt and the residents fled.