There is tension currently in Benue State as military invasion in Konshisha local government have left several people dead since on Tuesday.
Benue residents said military air craft are shooting indiscriminately and killing people and burning down houses.
Some of the residents posted photographs of victims affected by the military onslaught.
Nigerian Army authority in a press release signed by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima and made available to news men few minutes ago said there was an unprovoked attack against troops of the Nigerian Army in Benue State.
According to the Army Public Relations, one army officer and ten soldiers were declared missing in the state recently and all the missing troops were found dead in Konshisha local government area of the state.
The army spokesman said the military is currently carrying out air and land operations in the affected areas to restore normalcy.
Army in the Press Release could not ascertain if those killed so far in the joint military operations and houses burnt down were responsible for the killing of the missing troops.
The army press release read:
“UNPROVOKED ATTACK ON TROOPS ON STABILISATION OPERATIONS IN BENUE STATE
“Nigerian Army (NA) troops operating in Benue State came under attack while on routine operational task.
“The troops comprising one officer and ten soldiers were initially declared missing which prompted the deployment of a joint search and rescue team comprising NA troops and personnel of Operation Whirl Stroke.
“The search and rescue team unfortunately found all the missing troops dead in Konshisha LGA of Benue State.
“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.
“The N.A under the leadership of the COAS Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru remains resolute in ensuring stability in Benue State as well as other parts of the country that are affected by the activities of criminal gangs.
“The N.A remains determined to ensure that this unprovoked attack does not disrupt the general peace being enjoyed by the local inhabitants.
“The COAS has therefore directed commanders on the ground to ensure sustained efforts in order to fish out and deal decisively with these bad elements who are threatening the peace in the area.
“It may be recalled that Benue State which was a hot bed for violent clashes has been enjoying relative peace following the successes achieved by the various security agencies who have been working tirelessly to safeguard law abiding citizens and ensure they go about their legitimate business without fear of harassment by criminals.
“The N.A appeal to the public to volunteer useful information that will lead to the arrest of the perpetrators of this dastardly act.
“You are kindly requested to disseminate this information to the general public through your medium. Thank you for your usual cooperation”