Boko Haram launched a fresh attack on Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, on Tuesday.
The attack made soldiers to turn back vehicles, as no movement was allowed in the area.
Many of the residents were forced to stay indoors as the military engaged the insurgents, who were said to have tried to enter Damaturu through Maisandari, a settlement on the outskirts of the town.
Some of the residents of Maisandari, who spoke to our correspondent, said the attackers came through the eastern part of the town and started shooting sporadically.
One of them, Yusuf Maina, said he saw the assailants coming into the area in Hilux vans, which had anti-aircraft guns.
He said, “Immediately we saw them, we had to scamper for safety.”
Maina, who spoke at 6pm, said, “We can still hear an exchange of gunfire and we surely need your prayers.”
Some of the residents of Damaturu, confirmed on the telephone to our correspondent that they saw heavily armed soldiers in four armoured personnel carriers and many Hilux vans advancing towards Maisandari, from where the insurgents were said to have entered the town.
As of the time of filing this report, the military authorities were believed to be writing a statement on the attack.