The Acting Director Defence Information, Brigadier General John Agim, said in a statement that the clearance operation was across Gwer West, Logo and Guma Councils in Benue State.
Brigadier General John Agim said that the troops made contact with heavily armed herdsmen around lower Benue and a militia camp at Chetarer village.
The troops engaged the militia and with the aid of M135 Helicopter, the troops killed 35 armed herdsmen while a large number of others escaped with gun shot injuries.
“However, one soldier was killed in action, 2 sustained slight injuries and have been treated and discharged and one personnel is still missing in action.
In another development, the troops at Umaisha and Toto Villages had ambushed the militia following a tip-off on a planned attack on the two villages and killed a member of the militia and recovered weapons such as 1 x G3 rifle, 193 x 17.62 mm NATO, 81xG3 rifle ammunition, a locally-made pistol and 1 FN magazine filled with rounds.
Similarly, one Abdullahi Adamu, a suspected herdsman at Rukubi in Doma LGA of Nasarawa state was arrested in possession of an ID card of the vigilante group of Nigeria, Nasarawa state command and a photograph in which he posed with an AK47 rifle.
While operating in Nasarawa State, the troops also arrested one Musa Habu, aged 32 years, at Kolo close to Umiasha, in Toto Local Government Council and recovered from him one locally made pistol, 2 x cartridges, 1 Tecno phone and one hundred and thirty Naira only.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspected is linked with some suspected militia in the locality. The suspect has been handed over to the Directorate of State Security for further necessary action.
Sector 3 of the government troops on patrol in Taraba state intercepted 8 bandits and arrested with 2 AK47 rifles, 1x K2 rifle and 2x locally made gun.