Nigerian troops on Christmas day repelled an attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents at a security checkpoint few kilometres away from Maiduguri.

The attack it was gathered occurred at about 5: 30 PM, at Moloi area, on the outskirts of the city.

The insurgents were said to have torched some houses and vandalized vehicles on Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu Road.

An eye witness, Aji Maina, said that the insurgents attacked and shot sporadically, a situation which made the villagers to scamper into safety and flee their homes.

He, however, said that soldiers deployed to the area engaged the insurgents and repelled the attack.

NAN reports, however, that security had been beefed up in the metropolis to thwart any breach of peace while people were going about their normal activities.

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