Gunmen kill 6 soldiers, abduct Lt. col in Taraba


By Ismail Auwal

Gunmen in an ambush killed 6 soldiers and kidnapped a lieutenant colonel at Tati village, Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State.

The incident occurred around 10 p.m. on Tuesday.

The gunmen reportedly arrived in large numbers and engaged in a fierce gun battle with troops from 93 battalions.

However, the gunmen overpowered the troops, killing six soldiers and kidnapping one commanding officer, a lieutenant colonel.

The army named the casualties as Dauda Tata (7NA/44/4046), Yusuf Salihu (95NA/40/5031), Ndubuise Okonkwo (96NA/42/6911), Abdullahi Ibrahim, Emmanuel Jerry (14NA/72/14051), and Sani Isa.

According to military sources, the gunmen also ambushed and attacked troop reinforcements sent from Marraraba, but the troops used anti-ambush drills to fight their way out.

According to sources, two gunmen were killed, while others escaped with gunshot wounds.

The troops recovered one AK-47 rifle, two AK-47 magazines, 19 rounds of 7.62mm(SP), one pistol, seven rounds of 9mm ammo, one locally-made gun, three MCs, charms and a sum of N15,120.

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