Boko Haram killed 20 people and wounded scores of others in coordinated attacks overnight on a Military Camp and Villages around the flashpoint Northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, which they also tried to Infiltrate across a Defensive trench, officials said Monday.

The Brazen operation — which unfolded around the very city where Boko Haram was born — turned the spotlight on the authorities’ struggle to quell the Jihadists’ nearly nine-year-old offensive.

Boko Haram fighters attacked a Military base in the cashew plantation area at the entrance to the city with suicide bombers, mortars and guns, leading to a prolonged battle, a Senior Military Officer in Maiduguri said.

Bello Dambatto, Chief Security Officer at the state Emergency Management Agency (Sema), told AFP that an Initial Death toll of 18 had risen to 20 after two people died in hospital from their wounds.