The Nigerian Army has repelled attempts by Boko Haram fighters to overrun two army bases in Borno State, northeast Nigeria.
Security sources told AFP that the terrorists attacked a forward operation base in the town of Bama, some 70 kilometers (45 miles) southeast of Maiduguri, at about 3:45 am (0245 GMT) on Friday.
“The terrorists were in many vehicles… and engaged soldiers in a battle which lasted until 7:05 am,” said one military source, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“The terrorists were repelled and the base was secured. No casualty has so far been recorded.”
A second military source confirmed the account and said reinforcements were sent from a battalion stationed in Bama itself.
The attack came after Boko Haram fighters attacked a military base in the town of Rann, in northern Borno near the border with Cameroon, at about 9:30 pm on Thursday.
“The terrorists came in four gun trucks and several motorcycles and attacked the base of 3 Battalion in Rann,” the first source said in an account supported by local civilian militia.
“It was a heavy fight that lasted for an hour before the terrorists were pushed out with aerial support.”
The officer said the Islamist militants set fire to some homes as well as a Unicef clinic in the town as they withdrew. There were no military casualties, he added.