According to Capt. Ikedichi Iweha, spokesman for the Special Task Force, six persons have been declared missing in an ambush in Pang Village in Heipang, Barkin Local Government Area of Plateau State.
Capt. Ikedichi also said three soldiers attached to the STF, maintaining peace in Plateau, were seriously injured in the ambush.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria in Heipang on Wednesday that the corpse of one of the six missing persons had been found.
Iweha explained that there was a report of cow rustling at Pang Village which prompted the response of officers operating in the area around 4pm on Tuesday, June 30.
“But on getting to Pang village, our team of officers was attacked around 8.30pm leaving three of our soldiers seriously injured.
“About 400 cows were reportedly rustled by some unknown youths, who carried out the ambush and shooting of the officers,” he said.
The STF spokesman added that the injured officers had been taken to hospital, while most of the rustled cows had been recovered.
Three of the cows were found dead, while four were wounded.
He expressed surprise at the attack on the STF personnel who, he said, were neutral parties.
Iweha promised that the STF would do all it could to rescue the remaining five missing persons and also trace the attackers.