At least 27 civilians and 35 Boko Haram insurgents were reportedly killed in the course of the recent Borno attack.
The clash between the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army and the militants took place around Kayamula village. The situation was not initially clear as it was feared that the insurgents had stormed the Borno state capital Maiduguri located nearby.
Following the May 13 attack troops imposed a 24-hour curfew on Maiduguri on Thursday morning.
Vanguard reports with reference to its sources that the assault had been launched by the insurgents who attempted to invade the city with heavy weapons to destroy military formations including Giwa Barracks.
Another source disclosed that "35 members of the terrorists including women suicide bombers were killed by troops, while 27 residents near Kayamula and Alau Dam villages were slaughtered by insurgents after they were repelled and chased away by troops".
One of the locals identified as Mallam Abba Alau narrated that the burial ceremony had already taken place:
"We were able to bury our 27 people who were slaughtered by terrorists while fleeing but ran into our community and wrecked havoc before heading towards Sambisa Forest on Wednesday night."
According to The Nation 13 locals were kill ed in the attack as four suicide bombers detonated explosives near the Giwa Barracks.
Vigilante Hassan Ibrahim added:
"Our members were killed and some are lying on hospital beds as a result of the bombs detonated. Our men and the soldiers thought they were helpless women who were in Boko Haram captivity but they took us by surprise."
One more source confirmed that three security operatives had been killed as women suicide bombers detonated their explosives near troops during the operation.
The curfew imposition became necessary for the military to trail scores of suicide bombers, mostly women terrorists who sneaked into Maiduguri, a reliable source said.
"The curfew was declared because during the operation, many insurgents found at the scene of the attack had Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) tied to their bodies, and that security agencies suspected that some of them might have sneaked into Maiduguri city and nobody wants to take chances."
The attack comes amid a series of successful military operations in Sambisa Forest. Starting from April the army has rescued hundreds of women and children from this infamous Boko Haram hideout.