Boko Haram on Tuesday evening launched a daring attack on Damaturu, the Yobe State capital.
The attack forced the town into a lockdown as vehicles were not allowed in or out of the town.
Many of the residents were forced to stay in door as the military engaged the insurgents, who were said to have tried to gain entry into the town through Maisandari, 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, Abba Mohammed, said they saw the assailants coming into the area in Hilux vans mounted with anti aircraft guns.