According to two military officials, at least seven soldiers were murdered and two more went missing in Nigeria after a terrorist attack while on patrol in the northeastern state of Taraba.
On Tuesday night, troops from the 93 Battalion came under heavy fire in the village of Tati in the state’s Takum local government region.
According to witnesses, a brigadier general and his assistant were missing following the incident.
“Right now, a search and rescue operation is ongoing,” said a 93 Battalion army source who did not want to be identified since he was not authorized to speak.
The attackers made no claim of responsibility.
A spokesperson for the army did not immediately reply to requests for comment.
Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) claimed responsibility for two different explosions in Taraba, killing at least three people and injuring more than 30 others during last month.
Nigeria has been battling numerous armed groups in the northern sections of the nation for more than ten years, with terror attacks targeting communities and security personnel.
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