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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.

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“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.