An ambush was carried out yesterday by suspected Boko Haram militants on a military convoy that was carrying the new head of the Nigerian army, the military said.
The ambush occurred on Saturday in the northeastern Borno state. It led to a crash leaving one soldier and at least five militants dead.
The new army chief, General Tukur Buratai, took position in July soon after the president dismissed the head of the military due to their failure to deal with the on-going insurgency by Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
The Nigerian Air Force recently announced they were renewing their air-strike campaign against the militants.
Since the beginning of the groups insurgency in 2009 they have killed about 10,000 people and kidnapped hundreds of women and girls, the BBC reported.
General Buratai was visting troops in the state when his convoy was attacked about 45 kilometres east of Maiduguri, the state capital, an army spokesman stated.