Two soldiers serving with Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), also known as the Special Task Force (STF), were killed when local vigilante and herdsmen clashed in Plateau.

The incident happened on Wednesday at Dong village, a border settlement between Bassa and Jos South local government areas of the state.

The soldiers were reportedly killed after they moved into the area to end reprisals.

As troops moved in to settle the dispute, the herdsmen opened fire on their convoy. 2 soldiers paid the supreme price. 7 suspects were arrested in connection with the clash.

Spokesman for OPSH, Major Umar Adams, confirmed the killing. He said two military personnel were also injured.

Adams said the clash was due to the killing of 25 Irigwe persons by suspected herdsmen on Monday night, adding that security has been beefed up in the affected areas.

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 “There was a clash on Wednesday morning between local vigilante and Fulani herdsmen around Miango areas, on the border between Bassa and Jos South local government areas. Two soldiers were killed and two others inflicted with injuries during the clash.

“We were able to arrest seven persons in connection with the killings and we have raised a fresh security outfit, which will commence surveillance in the affected communities this night to halt further killings and destruction of properties.”

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