The Nigerian army says it has killed 10 fleeing herdsmen and arrested six after an attack on a community in Adamawa State.

The herdsmen attacked Gwamba village on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, setting it ablaze before the intervention of the military.

The number of people killed by the herdsmen is not known at the time of this report, but the army said six of the herdsmen were arrested.

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“Troops of 101 special Forces Battalion on Exercise Ayem Akpatuma (Cat Race) deployed at Numan Local Government Area of Adamawa State swiftly responded to distress call and supported troops at Gwamba village under attack by herdsmen on Tuesday 27 February 2018.” The army said in a statement on twitter.

“Despite swift reaction to rescue the village from destruction, the notorious herdsmen set the village ablaze before troops arrival. The determine troops trailed the herdsmen and arrested 6 of them at Garigiji village while trying to escape.

“During the process of the arrest, the herdsmen show resistance, which made the alerted troops to engaged them killing 10. Items recovered from the herdsmen are: one AK 47 rifle, 41 rounds of 7.62mm special, one locally made rifle with 25 cartridges & one cutlass among others.”

On January 1, 2018, herdsmen killed over 100 residents in Benue State.

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