At least seven soldiers have been killed, and a further 19 wounded, following an ambush by Boko Haram militants in northeastern Nigeria.
Boko Haram fighters have killed seven Nigerian soldiers and wounded 19 more in an ambush on a road in the northeastern state of Borno, the military said on Friday.
The attack and continued suicide bombings throughout the northeast raise doubts about how close the conflict with the Islamist group is to a conclusion, despite the military reclaiming most territory held by Boko Haram.
The ambush on the Ajiri-Dikwa road hit the troops as they were on a routine rotation on Thursday night, the military said in a statement.
“Seven soldiers paid the supreme price in the incident while 19 soldiers sustained various degrees of injuries,” the statement said.
Troops were in “aggressive pursuit” of the fleeing Boko Haram fighters, it said.
The statement said “many” Boko Haram fighters had been killed, without giving a number.