Militants of Islamic sect, Boko Haram, have killed eight soldiers and wounded 17 others in two attacks in northeastern Nigeria, the military said on Monday.
The Nigerian Army revealed that Boko Haram militants attacked its troops positioned on Sunday at Logomani, 110 kilometers (70 miles) northeast of Maiduguri, Borno state.
The troops killed 22 fighters while losing four soldiers, it said.
Later, on that same day, the terrorists ambushed a military convoy near Bama, 70 kilometers southeast of Maiduguri, the statement said. An officer, three soldiers and three insurgents died.
Also on Sunday, the disputed kingpin of the sect, Abubakar Shekau, appeared in a video denying military reports that he was fatally wounded last month.
In the video, Shekau taunted parents of the more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls who were kidnapped in 2014, saying they will see their daughters again only if the government swaps them for detained extremist leaders.
“To the people of Chibok: You have not seen the worst yet,” Shekau says, ending with gales of laughter.
However, the Nigeria’s military called the video “the handiwork of a mentally sick and unstable mind.”
According to Associated Press, the attacks bring the total death toll to 10 troops killed and 24 wounded this past week.