For more than 10 years, Nigeria has been grappling with various armed groups that are spreading terror in the north of the country.
At least seven soldiers have been killed and two others are missing in Nigeria after they were ambushed by assailants while patrolling in the northeastern state of Taraba, two military sources said.
The incident happened on Tuesday night when troops from Battalion 93 came under heavy fire in the village of Tati in the Takum local government area of the state. A brigadier general and his assistant were missing after the attack, the sources said on Wednesday.
“At this time a search and rescue operation is underway,” said a military source from Battalion 93 who requested anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media.
Responsibility for the attack has not been claimed. An army spokesman did not immediately respond to calls for comment.
Last month, Taraba suffered two bomb attacks claimed by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) and killed at least three people and injured more than 30.
For more than 10 years, Nigeria has grappled with various armed groups who unleash terror against communities and security forces in the north of the country.