The incident took place after the gunmen came to the 21 Brigade troops' at Marte, a government area in northern part of Borno, on Wednesday, said Lt Col Sagir Musa, a spokesperson of the military's Joint Task Force.
During the attack, one soldier and a policeman lost their lives while five gunmen were killed during an exchange of fire. But no civilian casualty was recorded, the spokesperson said.
Maiduguri, located in Nigeria's northeastern region, is a Boko Haram Islamists flashpoint, where the Nigerian government had declared and lifted some curfews due to wave of attacks.
Abuja: Seven people, including two security men, were killed after a military base was attacked by some armed men in Nigeria's Borno state, Xinhua reported on Thursday.
First Published: Friday, January 04, 2013, 10:40