About 15 suspected members of Boko Haram were killed in a gun battle with soldiers in Michika, Adamawa State, on Thursday evening.
The insurgents reportedly entered the town at about 6.20pm on motorcycles through Koppa village and Wurogayadi, shooting sporadically.
The attack attracted the intervention of Nigerian soldiers, assisted by local vigilance group members, who rose in defence of the town and succeeded in repelling the insurgents.
An eyewitness said: “They divided themselves into two cells: one group followed through Michika General Hospital, while the other group took the town’s major road firing shots sporadically.
“They only looted few shops before soldiers engaged them in a fierce battle. Scores of Boko Haram were killed; I saw over 15 dead bodies of the insurgents littered on the streets.
“While fleeing, their vehicle had a flattened tyre and this forced them to abandon it, and some of their motorcycles.”
There was no immediate official comment from the military on the attack.
The police spokesperson in the state, Suleiman Nguroje, said the situation had been brought under control, though he could not give casualty figure at the time of filing this report.