Boko Haram militants opened fire as soldiers escorted a groups of evacuees from a village in Borno state, where Boko Haram and other militants have been fighting for a decade.
“They ambushed and surrounded the vehicles of both the soldiers and the civilians and opened fire on them,” said a sources, part of a vigilante group that fights alongside the military against the insurgencies.
“They exchanged fire for some minutes before the Boko Haram militants overpowered the soldiers.”
Nigeria’s government said the Boko Haram insurgency, and the rival Islamic State West Africa Province group are on their last legs.
Sustained efforts to eradicate the militants have failed and the military continues to suffer heavy losses.
The war with Boko Haram has killed more than 30,000 people and displaced millions more.