Landmines planted by suspected members of Boko Haram insurgents have killed at least seven hunters and destroyed two utility vehicles in Borno State.
Vigilante sources revealed this to Daily Trust.
The incident happened at Kayamla village in Jere Local government Area, some 20 kilometers to Maiduguri, the state capital.
The funeral of the deceased hunters was held at the University of Maiduguri Teaching hospital before they were taken to Gwange Cemetery for burial.
Speaking to DailyTrust, a top vigilante member, Musa Bukar, said the hunters were buried on Wednesday morning.
He said: “We were on patrol along Kayamla axis. We thought it was a common tyre burst, but we later discovered that it was an IED plant by the insurgents.
“It was sad they encountered two landmine attacks on Tuesday.
“Instantly 7 of our members lost their lives and the injured ones are currently receiving treatment at University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.”
Meanwhile, troops of the Nigerian Army have inflicted further casualties on Boko Haram terrorists after the two parties clashed at Tunkushe village in the northeastern part of Borno state.
The troops reportedly ran into an ambush set up by the terrorists in Tunkushe which is about 20 kilometers away from Maiduguri, the Borno State Capital.
It was gathered the Boko Haram terrorists appeared in military uniforms and were driving two Hilux vans mounted with Anti Air Craft guns when the military ran into them.
In the shoot-out that followed which lasted for over 30 minutes, troops of 212 Battalion of the Nigerian Army killed several of the terrorists, recovered weapons and ammunition but two soldiers were also wounded during the operation.