Several Islamist militants from the Boko Haram sect were killed in overnight gun battles as they returned to attack Mafa village in Borno according to eyewitnesses. The militants reportedly returned to the village to attack villagers when they met fierce resistance from the Nigerian army unit stationed in the area. Some villagers said the sect members came out in their hundreds to fight the army instead of retreating. The fierce battle claimed the lives of several Boko Haram militants with many of them injured according to Abba Umaru, one of the villagers who escaped the latest invasion. The eyewitnesses fled to Maiduguri some 45 kilometers from the village shortly after the attack. There is no word from the military about attack as at the time of publishing this report. SR.