The Nigerian Army says thirteen Nigerian soldiers were wounded in clashes with the Islamist sect, Boko Haram while others are missing.
In a statement issued by the Nigerian Army acting spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman the clash took place at Gashigar, a town in the northeast’s Borno state that shares border with the Republic of Niger.
“The troops did their best to defend the location in vain. In the process, 13 soldiers sustained injuries while some are still missing in action,” Usman said.
He added that “The temporary setback made the troops to withdraw from the location.”
“However, the wounded soldiers have been evacuated and receiving treatment, while efforts are ongoing in search of those missing and clear the Boko Haram terrorists at the general area.”
The report by the army however differs from that supplied by the Islamic State (IS), whom Boko Haram have pledged allegiance.
On its Twitter page, IS claimed that a total of 20 soldiers from Nigeria and neighbouring Niger had been killed and many others were wounded.
Boko Haram has waged a seven-year insurgency in a bid to create a caliphate in the northeast where a strict interpretation of Islamic laws would be observed. During that time 15,000 people have been killed and two million displaced.