Jihadists of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), says 17 Nigerian soldiers were killed during an attack on Askira, Askira Uba Local Government Area of Borno State.
In a brutal onslaught Saturday, ISWAP fighters engaged Nigerian troops at a military base in the community in a gun battle.
Hours after the incident, Director, Army Public Relations, Onyema Nwachukwu in a statement said a Brigadier General and three other soldiers were killed.
However, ISWAP in a statement released on Sunday night claimed 17 soldiers were killed.
According to the group, 13 soldiers were killed when its fighters attacked troops at a military base in Askira town while four others including Brigadier General Zirkus were killed during an ambush at Bulguma, a few kilometres from Askira.
ISWAP added that it razed down the Askira army camp, a four-wheel vehicle and an armoured vehicle parked inside the base.
The insurgents also said another vehicle, a tank, different weapons, and ammunition were captured during the incident.