At least seven soldiers were killed and two others were missing in Nigeria after being stopped by armed men while on patrol in the eastern state of Taraba, two military sources said on Wednesday.
The attack took place on Tuesday night when troops of the 93rd Battalion came under heavy fire in the village of Tati in the Takum local area of Taraba.
A brigadier general and his assistant were missing after the attack, sources said.
“Currently, a search and rescue operation is ongoing,” said an army source from the 93rd Battalion who refused to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
There was no claim of responsibility for the attack. An army spokesman did not immediately respond to calls for comment.
Taraba suffered two separate bombings last month that were claimed by Islamic State militants and killed at least three people and wounded more than 30.
For more than a decade, Nigeria has struggled with an Islamist uprising that has targeted communities and security forces in northern parts of the country.
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Gunmen kill seven Nigerian soldiers in ambush on army patrol sources
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