Five soldiers thursday lost their lives in an ambush by Boko Haram at Pridangâ€“ Bitta in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State.
The Director of Army Public Relations, Texas Chukwu, confirmed the tragic incident.
In a statement, Chukwu, according to The Cable, said the insurgents engaged troops of 271 task force battalion deployed in Operation Lafiya Dole in a gun battle.
He added that while many of them were killed, some escaped with gunshot injuries.
â€œWhile on clearance operation along Pridang â€“ Bitta in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno dtate, fought through an ambush staged by elements of Boko Haram terrorists,â€ the statement read.
â€œIn the firefight that ensued, the gallant troops fought through the ambush, they neutralised several Boko Haram terrorists, while others fled with gunshot wounds.
â€œThe remains of the deceased personnel have been promptly evacuated to 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital.â€