Explosion Hits Military Base In Taraba, Northeastern Nigeria

The explosion that hit the base in the state capital, occurred on the same day, six soldiers were killed in a raid in the southern axis of the volatile state.

An Army base in Jalingo, the capital of Taraba in northeastern Nigeria has been sealed off by the military after an explosion hit the base on Tuesday night, May 10.

The explosion which occurred around the exterior axis of the Army’s 6th Brigade in Jalingo was said to have caused no casualties or destruction to the facility. 

According to Channels TV, the Army has barricaded the roads leading to and from the axis of the Brigade headquarters.

In another incident on Tuesday, six soldiers attached to the Army’s 93rd Battalion were reportedly killed after Tati village in Takum area of the state was overrun during an attack. 

Takum is located in the southern axis of the state near the volatile border area with Benue in north-central Nigeria. 

According to TheCable, the attackers also ambushed and attacked troop reinforcement deployed from Marraraba, but the contingent was able to fight their way out. 

The military is also conducting a search and rescue mission for a missing commander abducted during the raid. 

The security environment in Taraba is mostly characterized by ethnic tension and militia activities. However, the situation was recently complicated by a series of bomb attacks last month, that were claimed by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). 

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