Army begins search for missing commander

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Troops of the 93 Battalion have launched a search and rescue mission for its personnel who is missing in action while responding to a distress call of an attack on the Tati community, in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State in the early hours of Tuesday 10 May 2022.

Terrorists had attacked a convoy escorting the battalion commander, a colonel and killed six soldiers while the commander is reportedly missing.

Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, Army’s Director of Public Relations said in a statement 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 firefight, six gallant soldiers paid the supreme price, while one personnel 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, neutralized 2 additional bandits and recovered 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 and 3 motorbikes.

“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”