A group of Boko Haram militants in the early hours of today attacked the 202 Army Battalion Barracks located in Bama, about 40 kilometers outside Maiduguri town, and killed several women and children.

The Islamic sect, according to a source in the barracks, struck around 3am local time, firing heavy arms and ammunition.

Our source, a soldier, said that troops of the Nigerian Army and Air Force repelled the sect using fierce air and ground attacks, resulting in the killing of many of the terrorists.

He explained that some soldiers in the barracks lost their wives, children and relatives in the fight, which lasted until about 7am, during which time the sound of explosives and guns filled the air.

According to him, accurate details of actual casualties are unavailable, and there is tension and confusion within the military.

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