Suspected elements of the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists who were foraging for food on Monday ambushed troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE escorting commercial vehicles from Damboa to Maiduguri at Sanda general area in Borno State.
Five civilians were killed on the spot, which another died on the way to the hospital.
Three soldiers sustained injuries in the attack.
The wounded have been evacuated to Maiduguri, the State capital, a statement said on Monday.
The statement added that another robust patrol team has been despatched to reinforce the troops, clear the general area and pursue the terrorists.
The statement said the unfortunate incident has brought to the fore the need for more vigilance and cooperation amongst all.
Signed by the spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Colonel Sani Usman, the statement added: “We would like to assure the public that we would not allow this isolated incident to thwart the peace and security commuters enjoy along the route and all other opened routes in the North East.
“Troops are on the heels of the attackers and would not relent till they are apprehended or killed.
“Additional security measures have also been placed to avert reoccurrence.”