The Nigerian army have lost eight soldiers to the Boko Haram fight as insurgents according to a report, ambushed their military patrol team in Borno.
One of the slain officers has been identified as Lt Nura Yusuf Maiadua from Katsina State. Five other military officers were wounded and two still missing in action as of late Tuesday.
The ambush on 156 Task Force Battalion occurred at about 1:00 p.m. in Mainok, about 60 kilometres west of Maiduguri.
Premium Times have earlier reported that a Boko Haram fighter was killed while an assault rifle was recovered from the attackers and other soldiers, recovered the bodies of their fallen colleagues and moved the wounded to a medical facility for treatment.
Two gun trucks and three anti-aircraft equipment were also said to be unaccounted for following the attack, although it was not immediately clear whether they were carted away by the insurgents or temporarily misplaced during exchange of fire.