Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram ambushed Nigerian soldiers in the north-east of the country, killing at least five and injuring more than a dozen, sources told Reuters.
The sources said the death toll could increase as some soldiers were still missing after the attack on Thursday in Damboa, in Borno state.
The soldiers were in the area to clear a Boko Haram camp, but were ambushed, the sources said.
Boko Haram militants have killed thousands and displaced millions in Nigeria during the group’s decade-long insurgency against government.
The general commanding officer, Brigadier General Bulama Biu, confirmed a confrontation between troops and Boko Haram and said there was “no casualty on the part of troops.”
Three military sources and three fighters with armed vigilante group Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) said the five soldiers bodies were recovered and 16 fighters, 14 soldiers and two civilians, were injured. The sources said multiple fighters were still missing.