Five soldiers, 15 Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) members and 10 civilians were allegedly killed by Boko Haram terrorists on Monday at Ajiri, Mafa Local Government of Borno State.
The attack was said to have been aided by the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the community.
During the attack, five vehicles were also taken away by the attackers.
Ajiri community is 20km away from Dikwa town.
PRNigeria, quoting a military source, said the terrorists invaded Ajiri and attacked some civilians and CJTF members.
They then, attempted to dislodge a military formation in the area.
“But they were seriously engaged by troops, in a gun battle that lasted for hours, almost thwarting their sinister plan to overrun our formation and also ‘finish’ our Special Forces troops,” the source said.
It was gathered that Ajiri had never witnessed any attack by insurgents, until the displaced families were safely relocated by the government and resettled comfortably in their hitherto deserted community.
Some of the newly-resettled people, it was learnt, are families of senior Boko Haram commanders and active fighters of the extremist sect.
They regularly communicate with their children, who are now terrorists operating from the Tumbus in Lake Chad axis, to plot attacks on military troops, it was learnt.
An Army Commander, recently killed by Boko Haram terrorists, had once gathered residents of the community and warned them that the military would not accept any form of sabotage, by them.
This was after credible intelligence revealed that the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters usually visit the village at night.