Reports say that echoes from sporadic gunshots and multiple explosions, which lasted for hours on Sunday night, were heard from the outskirts of the city. Bale community is about 20 kilometres away from Maiduguri.
Security sources were quoted to have said a number of insurgents attacked Bale-Shuwa and Bale-Kura communities at about 8pm.
Some residents said the insurgents came in a convoy of utility vehicles, motorcycles, suicide bombers and armed gunmen.
A source, according to NAN, disclosed that the insurgents parked their vehicles few metres away from a security checkpoint and sneaked into the community.
The source said the security operatives engaged in a fierce gun battle with the insurgents who detonated improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and shot sporadically.
“Dozens of people including women and children were wounded from the explosion and gun shots,” he told NAN.
“Due to darkness dead bodies were not evacuated immediately because there were suicide bombers among the attackers.”
Rogers Nicholas, theatre commander, operation Lafiya Dole, said no soldier was killed by Boko Haram insurgents.
“That’s not correct. There was an attack which was repelled and some Boko Haram insurgents were killed by gallant soldiers.
“However, Boko Haram came with suicide bombers who denoted their vests while running from the troops’ fire in a nearby community and that led to 14 civilians being injured from the blasts.”