Boko Haram “attacked the (military) base around 5:30 pm (1630 GMT) and the troops engaged them in battle,” a military source from the town of Biu told AFP.
“The base was burnt from RPG (rocket propelled grenade) shelling and two soldiers were injured,” said the military officer, who asked not to be named as he was not authorised to speak on the incident.
The jihadists were later pushed back after military reinforcements arrived 30 kilometres (18 miles) away from Buni Yadi in neighbouring Yobe state, said the military source.
The officer’s account was corroborated by Mustapha Karimbe, a member of a local militia in Biu assisting the military in fighting Boko Haram.”Boko Haram gunmen attacked Kamuya military barracks yesterday evening and burnt it down. They injured two soldiers,” said Karimbe.