The Nigerian army has deployed troops of 93 Battalion to rescue missing personnel who were caught in an ambush staged by terrorists in the early hours of Tuesday in Taraba State.
The Director Army Public Relations Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu on Thursday, said the missing personnel fell into an ambush while responding to a distress call of an attack on Tati Community in Takum Local Government Area of the State.
He affirmed that six gallant soldiers fought fiercely through the ambush were killed and four other terrorists while one personnel is missing in a group in battle as earlier stated by police authorities on Wednesday.
Nwachukwu revealed that “The troops had launched out swiftly on receiving a distress call that Tati Community was under attack and razed by suspected bandits.
“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. Sadly, during the fire fight, six gallant soldiers paid the supreme price, while one personnel is missing in action
According to Nwachukwu, “However, a reinforcement team from 6 Brigade deployed against the fleeing bandits at Ananum village in Donga Local Government Area of the state” where additional bandits were neutralized.
He also and one Ak 47 rifle, one pistol, one locally fabricated gun, 2 AK 47 Magazines, 19 rounds of 7.62 mm special, 7 rounds of 9 mm ammunition as well as threw motorcycles were recovered during the operations.
The Director of Army Public Relations said, “Troops are currently in pursuit of the bandits and will leave no stone unturned in the ongoing search and rescue operations for the missing personnel”.
He also urged residents of Taraba State to be vigilant and report any suspicious movement to security agencies.