Scores of Nigerian soldiers were declared missing after Boko Haram insurgents ambushed a military convoy at Boboshe village in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State, Nigerian media reports.
Five officers, 18 soldiers and eight trucks were missing after the attack, which occurred at the weekend, the media reports.
The attacking insurgents were believed according to media souces to have been those who escaped the ongoing offensive by the military to flush out the Boko Haram terrorists in the fringes of Sambisa Forest and the Lake Chad region.
A competent military source said the insurgents in their hundreds ambushed the troops, and in the process, many of them were missing.
He disclosed that only three of the 11 trucks deployed in the area returned to their base in Maiduguri, the state capital, after suffering huge loss in the battle with the insurgents.
“There was a quick response by the army when they received reports that hundreds of the insurgents gathered at Boboshe on Maiduguri-Konduga-Bama road.
“The gallant soldiers were ambushed by the insurgents, only three of the 11 trucks returned to the base.
“It is not clear what happened but it was assumed the soldiers were missing, following the ambush,” he added.
Meanwhile, residents of Jilli community in Gubio LGA of the state on Saturday fled the town sequel to an attack by the Boko Haram insurgents.
Boko Haram insurgence has carried out various attacks in Nigeria in recent months. The most prominent in recent time is the attack on a school in the northeastern Nigeria town of Daphi in February where 110 girls were kidnapped.
A month after, the terrorists returned 104 of their victims to the same area where they were seized.