Police in Central Nigeria say armed rustlers killed two local herders, escaping with 70 cattle belonging to a native of Plateau State.

The gunmen were however intercepted and the cattle were recovered along with one surviving herder, an official report says.

Police Public Relations Officer of Plateau State, DSP Tyopev Terna in a press statement said the incident occurred on Friday evening in the outskirts of Jos the Plateau State capital.

The statement did not say whether the gunmen were arrested or killed in a shootout.

Local sources however say the suspects wore military uniform.

The statement reads, "On the 14/09/2018 at about 1915hrs, Ezekiel Dalyop of Turu village in Kuru District of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State reported at the Kaduna Vom Police Division that three (3) herders entrusted with Seventy (70) of his cattle were missing.

"The Police swung into action immediately the complaint was incident and were able to rescue one of the herders by name Bitrus Joseph 16yrs unhurt.

"The  Police team of detectives also recovered the seventy (70) missing cattle.

"Unfortunately, in the process of rustling the cattle, two of the herders; Meshack Dalyop 14yrs old and Pam Danjuma 10yrs old were killed and dumped in the bush at Dahool Bob in Kuru District. The corpses have been recovered and deposited at the Vom Christian Hospital.

"While we commiserate with the families that lost loved ones, we are urging owners of cattle to employ more matured herders who can take care of the herds and sense danger far ahead of them.

"The Command is intensifying efforts aimed at arresting the perpetrators of this dastardly act to face Justice."