Troops of the joint military operation codenamed Operation Whirl Stroke have reportedly killed five gunmen in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.
The troops were said to have responded to the distress call made by the authority of the local government over the invasion of three villages: Torkula, Kponko and Kaseyo.
Five of the gunmen were reportedly killed.
When contacted, the Force Commander of OPWS, Maj. Gen. Adeyemi Yekini, declined making a comment on the attack but referred our correspondent to the Defence Headquarters Information Directorate.
However, Benue State Command Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Catherine Anene, confirmed the incident.
She said the command was yet to ascertain the number of casualties as of the time of filling this report.
Anne confirmed that the intervention of the joint military troops averted further attack on the affected areas.