At least seven soldiers were killed and two others missing in Nigeria after they were ambushed by gunmen while on patrol in the eastern state of Taraba, Reuters reported, citing two military sources.
The attack occurred on Tuesday night when troops from the 93 Battalion came under heavy fire in the village of Tati in the Takum local government area of Taraba.
“A brigadier general and his aide were missing after the attack. Right now a search and rescue operation is ongoing,” said an army source.
There was no claim of responsibility for the attack, the agency reports.
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.