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 Yamu confirmed 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.
Reports also say the two youths who were allegedly shot by the herdsmen were rescued, and are receiving treatment.
The Nigerian Army National Guards Brigade recently arrested 92 armed Fulani herdsmen in Abuja, who said they were on a mission to recover their stolen cows.
Governor Olusegun Mimiko also called on President Buhari to look into the continuous attacks by Fulani herdsmen across Nigeria.
There are indications that these herdsmen are deadlier than Boko Haram.
The understanding is that they will will stop at nothing to protect their cows.
Is a cow worth more than a human life?
Are these select few above the law?
What is the government doing to curb these crimes (murder, rape, kidnap) allegedly being committed by these herdsmen?