Authorities say dozens have been killed in Nigeria after troops battled with Boko Haram following the extremist group's attack of northeast Nigeria's largest city. 

The Associated Press reports that Boko Haram attacked Maiduguri, Borno's capital, just after midnight today. A soldier who took part in the battle told the Associated Press that they were able to counter, adding that there were dozens of fatalities during the clash. In addition, a hospital worker anonymously said that dozens of injured soldiers were being treated, as well. 

Brig. Gen. Chris Olukolade, Spokesman for the Defense Ministry, noted that Boko Haram also attacked the town of Monguno, which is over 100 miles away. According to the Associated Press, while the defense of Maiduguri was successful, a spokesman for a civilian group fighting against Boko Haram said there's a chance the group might overtake defense efforts in Monguno. 

[via Associated Press]