The Nigerian military had to rush an Augusta helicopter to the battle front in Rann, northern Borno, to pick one of the four soldiers wounded in Friday’s fierce battle with fighters of Boko Haram.
Sources say the military moved quickly shortly after receiving information from battle commanders requesting urgent evacuation of a soldier said to be critically injured.
The Nigerian Air Force helicopter departed Maiduguri for Rann at around to convey the soldier to 133 Reference Hospital in Kaduna.
The three other injured soldiers might be evacuated should their conditions deteriorate.
The aircraft has returned to base in Maiduguri.