The Nigerian Army says a naval officer was killed in the fierce battle between troops of 7 Brigade and members of Boko Haram in Baga, Borno State.

Jihadists attacked the headquarters of 7 Brigade Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in Baga on Wednesday in an attempt to sack the troops and take over the location.

It was a battle that occurred at about 7.00 p.m., forcing residents of the area to flee. 

A statement by the spokesman for the Army, Brigadier General Sani Usman, said the troops along with their Nigerian Navy counterparts put up a very determined fight to repel the attack throughout the night.

While they battled, Sector 3 Operation Lafiya Dole was sent in reinforcement and according to Usman, they are in hot pursuit of the terrorists.

"Similarly, a Search and Rescue team has been constituted. 

"The Nigerian Air Force component has also been mobilised and are engaging the fleeing terrorists.

"Unfortunately, a naval personnel was killed in action," the statement read.

He said there was no further details of casualties yet.

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Efforts are on-going to clear the terrorists hiding in Baga and environs, the Army spokesman said.

The military also asked the residents to remain calm, as the troops conduct clearance and mop up operations.

"We implore members of the general public to disregard any contrary information circulating on the attack.

"We will keep you posted with development on the pursuit and mop up operations," the statement added. 

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