Suspected Boko Haram fighters have killed at least seven soldiers in a fresh attack in Borno State.
At least seven Nigerian soldiers were said to have been killed after the insurgents sprung an ambush, reports said on Wednesday.
Reports from Maiduguri say troops of the 153rd Task Force Battalion in the Marte local government area were caught by surprise when the insurgents attacked them.
An armed clash erupted, during which seven soldiers died and many others were wounded.
Reports and eyewitness accounts say the insurgents escaped following the attack.
Boko Haram has been involved in a bloody insurgency that has spanned over a decade in Nigeria. Also, it has spread its atrocities to neighboring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, prompting a military response.
More than 30,000 casualties and nearly three million have been displaced in a decade of Boko Haram’s terrorist activities in Nigeria; according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Also, violence committed by Boko Haram has affected some 26 million people in the Lake Chad region; while displacing 2.6 million others, according to the UN Refugee Agency.