Troops, weekend, killed 28 suspected militants in response to an attack last month which saw six soldiers gruesomely murdered, the military said Monday.
The violence was said to have occurred on the border between Plateau and Taraba States, where series of sectarian violence has happened in recent times.
“In our effort to rid the border communities… of incessant killings and brigandage, there was an exchange of fire between troops and militiamen in which lives were lost,” military spokesman Ikedichi Iweha told AFP, referring to Saturday’s unrest.
“Twenty-eight members of the militia group lost their lives, one soldier was injured while another is still missing following the battle,” he added.
According to Iweha, the offensive in the districts of Wase and Langtang was launched in response to an April 28 attack by militants on troops operating in the area.
“They killed the soldiers, took away their arms, gorged out their eyes, cut their tongues and decapitated their bodies in a most horrible manner,” he added.
Traditional ruler of Kumbun community of Wase Local Government Area of Plateau State, Jessey Miri had few days ago, raised the alarm that soldiers have killed more than 400 persons after invading three villages – Kadarko, Kurmi and Wadata. Iweha, however, denied the accusations.
Iweha said the search for the attackers was ongoing.