According to an army spokesperson, troops serving in Benue state were attacked while performing regular operational tasks.

In the central Nigerian state of Benue, gunmen killed ten soldiers and an officer.

“Nigerian Army troops serving in Benue State were attacked while on regular operational task,” army spokesman Mohammed Yerima said in a statement on Friday, without specifying when the attack occurred.

The army stated that it was attempting to locate the suspects.
It was unclear who was responsible for the strike, but Benue is located in Nigeria’s middle belt area, where gangs have taken up arms following years of communal disputes between herders and farmers.
Last month, Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom said he narrowly escaped an assault by armed herders while riding in a convoy.

For years, deadly disputes between nomadic Fulani herders and farmers over land, pasture, and water have afflicted parts of central Nigeria.
Nigerian security forces are fighting on many fronts, including a decade-long military insurgency in the northeast, criminal groups in the northwest, and a separatist militia in the southeast.

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