A graphical illustration of gunmen.
Authorities of the Nigerian Army have confirmed that six soldiers have been killed in an ambush by terrorists who launched an attack on Tati community in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State.
In a statement by its spokesman, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the army disclosed that six terrorists were also killed by its troops during the gunfight that ensued.
General Nwachukwu further revealed that one soldier is still missing after the encounter.
According to him, the troops had received a distress call that the community was under attack and razed by suspected bandits on Tuesday.
He added that “while in pursuit of the bandits, troops fell into an ambush staged by the criminals.
“The troops fought fiercely through the ambush neutralizing four of the bandits,” Nwachukwu narrated.
The General also stated that a reinforcement team from six Brigade deployed against the fleeing bandits at Ananum village in Donga Local Government Area of the state, neutralized two additional bandits, and recovered one AK-47 rifle, one pistol, one locally fabricated gun, two AK-47 Magazines, 19 rounds of 7.62 mm special, seven rounds of 9 mm ammunition and three motorbikes.
He assured Nigerians that troops are in pursuit of the bandits and will leave no stone unturned in the ongoing search and rescue operations for the missing personnel.
The army urged residents of the state to be vigilant and report any suspicious movement to security agencies.