Troops of 93 Battalion have reported the loss of six gallant soldiers in a battle with bandits in Tati Community, in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State in the early hours of Tuesday 10 May 2022.
A statement by Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director, Army Public Relations, also pointed out that troops have launched a search and rescue mission for personnel who is missing in action while responding to a distress call of an attack on the community.
Explaining what took place on the day, the Army said troops had launched out swiftly on receiving a distress call that Tati Community was under attack and razed by suspected bandits.
The Army further said that while in pursuit of the bandits, troops fell into an ambush staged by the alleged criminals.”The troops fought fiercely through the ambush neutralising four of the bandits. Sadly, during the firefight, six gallant soldiers paid the supreme price, while one person is missing in action.
“However, a reinforcement team from 6 Brigade deployed against the fleeing bandits at Ananum Village in Donga Local Government Area of the state, neutralised 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.”
General Nwachukwu stressed that 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.
“The good people of Taraba State are enjoined to be vigilant and report any suspicious movement to security agencies”, he stated.