Troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE deployed in Zaki Biam in Ukum local government area of Benue State averted a violent ethnic clash between Tivs and Jukuns at Jootar, a boundary community between Ukum and Wukari local government areas of Taraba State. A statement by the acting director, Defence Information, Col Onyema Nwachukwu said the vigilant troops, while on a fighting patrol responded to a distress call alerting them of an imminent violent clash between Tivs and Jukuns at the community. He said the intervening troops met with stiff resistance by armed militias who engaged the troops in a fire leading to the death of one of the militias who was firing with an automatic weapon, while others fled the scene. The troops recovered one AK 47 rifle, two magazines and 26 rounds of 7.62 mm ( Special ) ammunition from the neutralised bandit, a locally fabricated gun and a dagger from the fleeing militias. The town of Jootar and the adjoining communities remain calm as troops are currently dominating the general area. In a related development, troops neutralised two armed bandits in a recent encounter with the bandits on Friday 19 April 2019. The troops who were on a fighting patrol along Nagi-Ucheki- Audu- Enger- Adudu axis in Gwer West local government area of Benue State, responded to an attack by a group of bandits, killing one, while others fled the scene. The troops recovered one AK 47 rifle, two rifle magazines, 48 rounds of 7.62 mm (Special) ammunition, one machete, one mobile phone and a bag of charms abandoned by the criminals. The troops also on a fighting patrol to Ikyoawe, Tsegumme and Tsezongo communities in Kwande local government area of Benue State destroyed an armed militia camp after dislodging the criminals, following a gun duel at Tsezungo on Friday 19 April 2019. The armed bandits, who were overpowered by the troops escaped with gunshot wounds abandoning munitions and other logistics. “ After the encounter, the troops recovered two rifle magazines, 60 rounds of 7.62 mm (Special) ammunition and two mobile handsets”. He therefore enjoined members of the public to watch out for persons with gunshot wounds seeking medical attention and promptly report them to security agencies close to their location. “The good people of Benue, Taraba, Nasarawa and the contiguous states are also enjoined to join hands with the security agencies to bring an end to the illicit and atrocious activities of criminal elements and groups in the region,” he added.