Gunmen have reportedly killed six soldiers in an attack on Tati village in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba state.
The incident was said to have occurred on Tuesday at about 10:30pm when the gunmen invaded the community in large numbers.
The hoodlums were said to have engaged the troops of 93 battalion in a fierce gun battle.
However, the gunmen were said to have overpowered the soldiers, killing six of them while a lieutenant colonel who is a commanding officer was reportedly abducted.
The army said gave names of those killed 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.
Sources in the military also said the gunmen ambushed and attacked troop reinforcement deployed from Marraraba, but that the troops carried out anti-ambush drills to fight their way out.
The sources said 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.
The army has embarked on a search and rescue operation to rescue the commanding officer who is reportedly abducted.