LONDON (Bywire News) - At least seven soldiers were killed and two others were missing in Nigeria after they were ambushed by gunmen while on patrol in the eastern state of Taraba, two military sources said on Wednesday.
The 93 Battalion came under heavy fire in the village of Tati in the Takum local government area of Taraba, on Tuesday night. Sources have said that A brigadier general and his aide were missing after the attack.
"Right now a search and rescue operation is ongoing," said an army source from the 93 battalion who declined to be named because he is not authorised to speak to the media.
An army spokesman did not immediately respond to calls for comment. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack.
Taraba suffered two separate bombings last month that were claimed by Islamic State militants and killed at least three people and injured more than 30.
For more than a decade, Nigeria has grappled with an Islamist insurgency that has targeted communities and security forces in northern parts of the country.
(Reporting by Maiduguri newsroom, editing by MacDonald Dzirutwe and Mark Heinrich; editing by Cléo Celeste)