Report has it that about 5 soldiers lost their lives following an attack by the Boko Haram terrorist group at a military base located in Magumeri Local Government Area of Borno State.
According to the Nigerian Army, the attack took place around 6pm on Friday.
The soldiers also killed many of the terrorists during the gun battle that lasted for hours.
Col. Ezindu Idima, the Deputy Director of Army Public Relations, in a statement on Sunday confirmed the attack; “The troops of Sector 3 had a fierce encounter with the Boko Haram terrorists on Friday. The criminals came in numbers to infiltrate the Magumeri village in order to loot food items and other valuables. The troops effectively thwarted the terrorists’ plan through their superior firepower.
“During the encounter, the troops exterminated scores of the insurgents and many escaped with gunshot injuries. A clearance operation has been sustained to deal with the remaining fleeing criminals.
“Unfortunately, five soldiers paid the supreme price. The Commander, Sector 3, Maj. Gen. Olufemi Akinjobi, has on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, charged the troops to maintain the momentum to ensure the final defeat of the terrorists,” he said.