50 Nigerian soldiers killed in deadly Boko Haram ambush

Boko Haram extremists have killed at least 50 Nigerian soldiers in an ambush near Goneri village in northern Yobe state, military officials told The Associated Press

The soldiers initially were able to fight back and escape, the official said. They launched another offensive a day or so later and were then attacked from the rear at a place near the village of Goneri called the Gorge, he said.

The government also confirmed the attack, but did not give a death toll.

“The Nigerian military suffered some casualties in the unfortunate attack,” a Nigerian army spokesman, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, said Tuesday.

Boko Haram has killed tens of thousands during its 10-year insurgency in northern Nigeria.

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AP writer Sam Olukoya in Lagos, Nigeria contributed to this report.