Soldiers on Saturday repelled Boko Haram insurgents in Madagali area of Adamawa state, killing at least one of the attackers.
Residents reported that dozens of armed insurgents had thronged the town around 5pm yesterday and engaged soldiers in a battle that lasted for two hours.
Witnesses said sound of gun shots filled the air, forcing many civilians to seek shelter in the surrounding mountains until early morning on Sunday when news broke that the insurgents were defeated.
Meanwhile, the assailants had attacked Gubla, a village located just on the outskirt of Madagali, and killed the village head, Ali Kirim, family sources said.
The immediate past chairman of Madagali local government, Yusuf Muhammad, confirmed the death of the village head, saying he was shot by the insurgents while returning to his village from Madagali town.
Military authorities in Yola could not be reached for comment while the spokesman of Adamawa State Police Command, Othman Abubakar said he was attending a workshop in Abuja.
Boko Haram had controlled seven local areas in Adamawa including Madagali until the liberation or the areas by Nigerian soldiers in 2015.