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In recent days Boko Haram militants have increasingly attacked civilian targets in the region.
A total of 833 youngsters were handed over in the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, after being identified as having worked in the ranks of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF).
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Scores of fighters attacked the base in Damasak, in the far north of Borno state, on Wednesday evening, firing heavy artillery in an apparent bid to overrun it.
Local officials and security sources said scores of fighters believed to be loyal to a Boko Haram faction backed by the Islamic State group overran troops in Gudumbali.
Search operations are still ongoing and more bodies are likely to be recovered. Another military source confirmed the new death toll. So far (the) bodies of 48 troops have been recovered.
The attacks on civilians come after the Islamists have launched a series of assaults against Nigerian troops, putting pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari's government.
The attack on civilians comes as the jihadists are launching a surge of assaults against troops in Nigeria, putting the military on the back foot six months before presidential polls.
Arriving in 10 trucks, the Boko Haram fighters stormed the village of Gasarwa near the garrison town of Monguno late Friday, setting homes on fire.
The Boko Haram militants ambushed the army troops in Balagallaye village in the Boboshe area outside Bama.
Eighteen bodies were found in a river on Sunday while 23 others were discovered in a nearby forest in the Zurmi area of Zamfara state.
The attack comes just days after 43 civilians were killed in a suicide bombing in Nigeria.
Following the suicide bombings, rocket-propelled grenades were fired by the militants into the crowds that had gathered at the scene of the attacks.
Two blasts ripped through the town of Damboa in Borno state on Saturday evening targeting people returning from celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday, in an attack bearing hallmarks of Boko Haram.
At the same time, some 2.4 million people have been displaced by conflict and food insecurity, with millions facing the risk of killings, kidnappings, rape and other abuses.