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An armed group last night attacked an air force base and army sites in the northeastern city of Maiduguri Nigeria .

Hundreds of rebel fighters in trucks and a stolen armoured personnel carrier attacked the base and army sites before dawn Monday, officials said.

Two helicopters and three decommissioned military aircraft were “incapacitated” in the attack, said a statement from Brigadier General Chris Olukolade, the Ministry of Defence spokesman. He said some army bases also were hit.

At least 24 fighters and two air force personnel were killed during the attack AFP reported, but further casualties remain unconfirmed.

The state government quickly ordered everyone to stay home and extended a night-time curfew to 24 hours in the city near the airbase which is also the birthplace of the extremist Boko Haram movement.