On Wednesday, suspected Boko Haram terrorists believed to be setting up a sleeper cell in Boskoro, Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State were ambushed by troops of the operation Lafiya Dole.

Troops of 112 Task Force Battalion, 22 Brigade, Nigerian Army were out on a fighting patrol towards the area when they discovered the location.

While advancing, the troops came in contact with some elements of the terrorists suspected to be in staging area to lay ambush for troops along Ajiri-Dikwa road.

Boko haram bike

The patrol team engaged the terrorists, neutralised one of them and recovered an AK-47 rifle, 1 Magazine, 47 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition and belt links.

The spokesman for the army, Brigadier General Sani Usman, said "unfortunately one soldier sustained injury during the operation".

"He has been evacuated to a military hospital and he is responding to treatment," he added.

For over seven years the Boko Haram terrorist group has attacked communities in northeast Nigeria and some other states, including Nigeria's capital city, Abuja.

They are pushing for an Islamic State in the northeast and an end to Western Education.

However, heightened counter-terrorism operations in the region have decimated the terrorists, with the military turning their stronghold - Sambisa Forest - to a light arms competition zone.

They have resorted to attacking soft targets with suicide bombers.