Soldiers on patrol around Delwa, 35 kilometres from Maiduguri, Borno State, on Wednesday, killed scores of insurgents when the military successfully broke though the ambush set by the insurgents.
According to an unsigned statement on the website of the Defence Headquarters, the shootout left scores of insurgents and three soldiers dead.
“Seven soldiers who incurred various degrees of injuries have been evacuated for treatment while the troops have continued with their mission (to dislodge insurgents in the area),” the statement said.
Thousands of people have been killed as soldiers battle to defeat the insurgent Boko Haram group.
In another development, the Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, an Air Chief Marshal, hosted the Australian Defence Attaché to the African Union (AU), Wes Volant, at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, on Wednesday.
Mr. Volant, a colonel, who was on a courtesy visit to Nigeria, reportedly acknowledged Nigeria’s peace keeping efforts in the African region in particular, and the world in general.
The Defence Headquarters said Mr. Volant appreciated Nigeria for patronising Australian Defence College, noting that the two countries are long term allies.
Mr. Badeh assured that the Nigerian military will continue to partner with the Australian military in the area of training and capacity building.