The Nigerian Army has confirmed the killing of one officer and 10 soldiers who are on stabilisation operation in Benue State by yet to be identified criminals.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
Yerima said the troops were initially declared missing and a search and a search and rescue team incorporating army troops and personnel of Operation Whirl Stroke, was deployed.
He continued that the search and rescue team, unfortunately, found all the missing troops dead in Konshisha Local Government Area of the state.
According to him, while the bodies of the slain troops were evacuated immediately, efforts are ongoing to track down the perpetrators of this heinous crime with a view to bringing them to justice.
Yerima assured Nigerians that the army under the leadership Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru would remain resolute in ensuring stability in Benue and other parts of the country that are affected by the activities of criminal gangs.
He alleged that the army authority was determined to ensure that the unprovoked attack does not disrupt the general peace being enjoyed by the local inhabitants.