Defence Headquarters, DHQ, has denied media reports that soldiers killed hundreds of civilians in Plateau villages last weekend.
DHQ described the reports as false and gross misrepresentation of facts in the said operation.
According to a statement posted on its website, the military high command said the truth of the matter was that between May 2 and 3, 2015, a combined team of soldiers of the Special Task Force, STF, carried out a raid operation to dislodge suspected militia groups habouring in villages in the borders of Plateau and Taraba States.
The statement said further that during the operation which was carried out simultaneously in Kadarko, Kunmi and Wadatan villages all in Wase LGA of Plateau State, the militia group engaged the troops in a shootout and in the ensuing fire exchange, 32 of the suspected militants lost their lives while soldiers sustained various degrees of injuries. 10 other militants were arrested with various calibers of weapons and are currently in the custody of the military.
The statement reads: “The attention of the Defence Headquarters has been drawn to reports in a section of the media and the social network on the purported killing of a number of civilians in a village in Plateau state by the military over the weekend. A version of the story claimed that soldiers who were on a revenge mission killed over a hundred civilians while other versions claim that the soldiers were on genocidal mission.”

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