At least six Nigerian soldiers were killed after their convoy was ambushed by suspected fighters of the Islamic State West Africa Province (Iswap) militant group that broke away from Boko Haram, according to reports
The Saturday attack in north-eastern Nigeria was the latest against the military in a region where armed groups have been waging an insurgency for over a decade.
Reports indicate that the convoy was ambushed in the village of Burimari, in Borno state, while on its way to the town of Baga.
The soldiers were to beef up security during the distribution of relief materials to people displaced by the insurgency but who had returned to the town.
A military spokesperson told the BBC that they needed more time to get what he called “authentic” information on the reported ambush.
But several sources, including a security personnel who survived the attack, told the BBC that at least six soldiers and a member of a vigilante group helping the Nigerian military in the fight against Boko Haram were killed and around a dozen others were wounded.
The militants also seized two military vehicles.