Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri `contained`: Nigeria military

An assault by Boko Haram on Sunday aimed at taking over the key northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri has been repelled, the military said, roughly 12 hours after fighting began.

AFP| Updated: Feb 01, 2015, 22:18 PM IST

Abuja: An assault by Boko Haram on Sunday aimed at taking over the key northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri has been repelled, the military said, roughly 12 hours after fighting began.

"The terrorists` attack on Maiduguri in the early hours of Sunday was quickly contained. The terrorists incurred massive casualty," defence spokesman Chris Olukolade said in a text message. "The situation is calm as mopping up operation in the affected area is ongoing."