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Army confirms 25 dead as herdsmen, farmers clash in Plateau

Army confirms 25 dead in Plateau The Nigerian Army said its troops have discovered 25 dead bodies in a village in Plateau State.
The Army said the 3 Division Garrison in Plateau State discovered the bodies, adding that two soldiers from the division were also killed.
There had been several cases of mass killings in the state due to clashes between herdsmen and local communities. The spokesperson of the army, Texas Chukwu, said in a statement issued late Wednesday night, that “while conducting search, troops discovered 23 dead bodies at Mararaba Dare shortly before Rafiki Village.” Chukwu, a Brigadier-General, said the troops responded to a distress call about a clash between Miango community and herdsmen at Rafiki village.
“The two soldiers were killed by herdsmen who opened fire on the troops’ convoy,’’ Chukwu said, adding that two other soldiers wounded in the attack had been taken to a military hospital. The Army said seven suspects had been arrested and weapons, including one AK 47 assault rifle, recovered. The killings in Plateau State have continued, despite the curfew imposed on some communities by the state government.
President Muhammadu Buhari had visited the state recently to assess the situation and condoled with communities ravaged by incessant killings.

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