The Nigerian army authorities on Friday confirmed the killing of a colonel, a captain and three soldiers by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State.
The Deputy Director, Public Relations, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Col. Isa Ado, gave the confirmation in a statement in Abuja.
He said that the incident occurred on Wednesday in Jakana area of Borno, adding that the officers and soldiers were on transit from Maiduguri to Damaturu when they ran into an ambush by the terrorists.
Ado, however, said that troops of 212 Battalion deployed at Forward Operating Base, Jakana, dealt with the insurgents, neutralising an unconfirmed number of them.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, had commiserated with the families of the fallen heroes.