Four people were killed on Wednesday night in Nigeria when troops of Operation Whirl Stroke engaged gunmen in a duel at Abaji in Shitile axis of Katsina Ala Local Government Area of Benue State.

Apart from the dead, many were reported to have sustained various degrees of injury when gunmen suspected to be members of the gang led by late Terwase Akwaza aka Gana, stormed a market in Abaji and shot indiscriminately.

The troops were said to have recovered one AK-47 rifle and several ammunitions during the encounter with the gunmen

Local sources said the gunmen who were in military uniform rode into the market around 5:00 pm, adding that they started shooting sporadically as soon as they got to the market, leading to the death of two people and some people were injured.”

One of the sources said that troops of OPWS were alerted and that they swiftly responded to the distress call, adding that the gunmen engaged the troops in a gun duel while everyone else scampered for safety.


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