Fulani herdsmen were engaged in a gun battle with a joint team of Nigerian Army and Mobile Police Force personnel in Agatu- Benue state.
One of the policemen, Corporal Ebiakpo Akparakazi, was also reported missing during the attacks.
The Benue state police spokesman, ASP Moses Yamuconfirmed the incident, adding that search teams have been sent out to find the missing officer. Another youth, Inalegwu Chele, was also reported missing during the attacks.
The Daily Sun reports that the herdsmen opened fire on the security team who were on their way to investigate the alleged killing of two youths, after receiving a distress call.