Arms wielding herdsmen have taken their activities a notch higher, ambushing a patrol team of police officials and killing at least four of them.

The incident in Bolon in Numan Local Government Area of Adamawa State in North East Nigeria.

The four officers were killed on Thursday night defending a village in the Numan region from the herdsmen, who attacked the settlement, as a reprisal for an earlier deadly clash, said Othman Abubakar, a police spokesman for Adamawa State Police Command.

Mr Abubakar, said police were on patrol to quell planned reprisal attacks by herdsmen on communities the local council, but things turned out bad for the officials.

Peace was what the police sought, but the herders were there to kill and destroy.

"Our men were deployed to this troubled zone to restore normalcy and they were on patrol when some part of the warring parties ambushed them.

"There was no any casualty; it was just our men that we lost and as I speak with you now, they have been evacuated to the Mortuary Numan,” he said.

Normalcy has been restored in the area and the police are on the trail of the perpetrators of the dastardly act to bring them to justice.

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In the earlier clash, unidentified attackers killed more than 30 herdsmen in Numan.

Numan has recently become a flashpoint for clashes between the herdsmen and Christian farmers, which occur frequently across broad swathes of Nigeria, as each group contests the other’s rights to land for pasture and agriculture.

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