Bandits on Thursday evening reportedly engaged the military in a gun duel at a checkpoint in Zuma Rock Madalla, along the Kaduna-Abuja highway.
It is not yet clear if there were any casualties.
According to several sources, the incident led to a gridlock on the highway.
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An eyewitness told Channels Television the attack started at about 8pm.
The police and military authorities were not immediately available to respond to the incident.
This latest attack on a military installation comes days after bandits attacked a unit of the presidential brigade guards, killing at least three soldiers.