Unidentified gunmen have attacked an Army patrol van in Aba, the commercial hub of Abia State.
It was learnt the incident happened in the early hours of Friday when the soldiers were on patrol.
The attackers were said to have laid an ambush for the unsuspecting soldiers.
The incident occurred at the popular Tonimas junction, Osisioma LGA axis, on Enugu-Aba-Port Harcourt Expressway.
On Wednesday, Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State set up a committee to unravel the true cause of the armed struggle in the South East, which has led to insecurity in the region.
Membership of the committee cut across the five South-East states of Anambra, Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo.
The committee is headed by Prof Chidi Odinkalu, with Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu as secretary. It is termed called Truth, Justice and Peace Committee.