A suicide attack on a military convoy in Borno has led to the death of at least five soldiers, with another 40 injured.
The suspected Boko Haram jihadist rammed an explosives-laden pick-up truck into a military convoy, security sources told AFP on Friday.
The convoy was conducting “clearance operations” between Yobe and Borno states, two military officers revealed.
“At about 1100 hours (1000 GMT) on Thursday, a suicide bomber believed to be a Boko Haram terrorist riding in a van loaded with explosives rammed into a military convoy at Manguzum village,” one said.
“We lost five soldiers in the incident and more than 40 sustained various degrees of injuries,” added the officer, who asked to remain anonymous.
The convoy was heading to the garrison town of Damboa, which is some 90 kilometres (55 miles) from the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, at the time.
A second military source said the troops were heading into Borno when the jihadist crashed his vehicle into a tank.
“The armoured tank was seriously damaged and the operation slowed down,” he added.
The bomber is believed to be loyal to factional leader, Abu Mus’ab Al-Barnawi.