The STF spokesperson said the community members resisted a routine search for ammunition and attacked its men.
At least six soldiers have been confirmed injured after a clash with residents of two Plateau communities on Sunday.
Several residents of Reem and Riyom Local Government Areas also sustained various degrees of injuries when the Special Task Force, STF, in Plateau embarked on a house to house search for ammunition.
The residents, not wanting the search conducted, clashed with the soldiers, the STF claimed.
The media officer of the STF, Salisu Mustapha, in an exclusive chat with PREMIUM TIMES in Jos on Monday said that the affected people resisted the search and confronted the troops violently.
“Six of our personnel were badly injured in the attacks by residence of Reem when our troop intended carrying out search for arms which have been alleged to hidden by the community,” said the STF spokesperson.
“Residents resisted the search by our troop, and confronted them with dangerous ammunition,” Mr. Mustapha added.
Explaining the reason for the search, the soldier said it was done to rid the state of dangerous weapons.
“A week before last, a similar search was carried out in some villages of Barkinladi Local Government Area, but it was successful outing, we uncovered several destructive ammunition,” he said.
Mr. Mustapha said the attack on the soldiers by the residents of Reem Local Government Area did not deter the troops as they conducted the search in five communities of the area.
He said the exercise was rewarding and weapons recovered despite the injuries sustained by some soldiers. He added that some of the injured officers are being treated at the Task Force Headquarters in Jos.
Meanwhile, some of the injured civilians, mostly elderly women, have been admitted at Vom Christian Hospital. A lot of the victims sustained deep injuries.
The STF spokesman, however, insisted that the exercise will continue.
“We will not relent in spite of the resistance from affected residents, he said. “Anywhere we discover arms, we must recover them; until we get rid of arms and ammunition from wrong hands.”
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