World Bulletin / News Desk
Army spokesman Col. Sani Usman said in a statement the ambush took place in the remote Ugundiri Village in southern Borno when troops were returning from a "clearance operation" in the area Sunday.
"Unfortunately, five soldiers, three vigilantes and one civilian JTF [Joint Task Force] lost their lives during the ambush, while 19 soldiers and one civilian JTF sustained various degrees of injuries," Usman said.
The “Civilian Joint Task Force” is a state-backed group trained by the military to fight alongside it against Boko Haram.
Boko Haram has stepped up attacks on the military on counter-insurgency operation in Nigerian northeast in recent times. At least 39, soldiers went "missing" after Boko Haram launched attack on a military base in the northern part of Borno barely two weeks back, according to the commander of the national operation to end Boko Haram, Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor.