Fighters of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) has killed no lesser than four soldiers and injured many others at Ala village between Marte-Dikwa town in Borno state.
According to reports, the IED was planted on the road unknown to the soldiers who were traveling from Dikwa to Maiduguri on their way to see their families.
The soldiers who were granted pass by military authorities to go and spend time with their families came under attack when the leading vehicle escorting the convoy stepped on an IED planted by the terrorists around Ala village between Marte-Dikwa town.
The terrorists who also laid an ambush in the area were said to have opened fire at the other convoys killing the soldiers and local vigilantes while injuring others.
A rescue team deployed from Dikwa to rescue the soldiers engaged the terrorists in heavy shootout.
The terrorists who could not withstand the heavy gun power of the troops escaped into the bush.
The injured soldiers have since been moved to a military medical facility in the area while the bodies of the dead soldiers have been deposited at the morgue.
The army authorities is yet to issue a statement on the attack.
The attack is coming amid the window given to terrorists to surrender their arms and embrace peace.
Meanwhile, the Theatre Commander, Operation Hadin Kai, Maj.-Gen. Christopher Musa, had earlier said the Nigerian military will not allow the Islamic States West African Province (ISWAP), a foreign terrorist group, to have a strong footing in Nigeria.
“It is very clear that ISWAP are foreigners coming to invade our country which we will never allow to happen.
“That is why I want to encourage those of them, especially those members that are with them to pull out and understand that they have no stake in what those guys are doing.
“They don’t wish the country well they don’t wish themselves well and we will never allow any foreigner step an inch on ground in Nigeria,” he said.