Nigeria’s military has repelled a new attack by militant Islamist group Boko Haram on the strategically important north-eastern city of
Maiduguri, an army source has told the BBC.
Dozens of militants and soldiers were reportedly killed during a major assault on the city on Sunday.
The city is quiet on Monday, with some businesses open, a BBC reporter says.
Earlier on Sunday, Boko Haram captured the north-eastern town of Monguno – the latest to be seized by the group.
Government troops beat back Boko Haram fighters after they launched an assault on Maiduguri on Sunday night – the second in less than 24 hours, an army source said.
Both attacks were in the Jimtilo district.
Loud explosions were heard in the city, a resident told the BBC Hausa service.
A 24-hour curfew was imposed on Sunday but this has since been relaxed.
BBC correspondent says the militants have captured so much territory surrounding Maiduguri that there is only one road in and out which is considered safe.
He says there is still a great danger that Boko Haram will return to try again.