50 Nigerian soldiers killed in deadly Boko Haram ambush

Nigerian military officials say that Boko Haram extremists killed at least 50 Nigerian soldiers in an ambush near Goneri village in northern Yobe state. (MGN)

MAIDGURI, Nigeria (AP) Nigerian military officials say that Boko Haram extremists killed at least 50 Nigerian soldiers in an ambush near Goneri village in northern Yobe state.

The attack, one of the deadliest against troops recently, came as the military tried to stage an offensive against the militants that began over the weekend, according to a military official with knowledge of the operation.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to speak to the press about the matter.

Boko Haram has killed tens of thousands in its 10-year insurgency in northern Nigeria.