Boko Haram fighters on Monday attacked Bakin Dutse village as they advanced to Gulak, the headquarters of Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
But the local vigilance joined the troops of the Nigerian army to repel the attacks.
Many terrified residents have fled the town and are hiding in the bush, mountains, and hills, while reports say the two sides lost men to the gun duel.
Channels Television quoted the Adamawa State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Ahmad Sajoh, as saying that the military and the insurgents were engaged in a fierce battle, with residents fleeing for their lives.
According to the report, the vigilance group in the town and the hunters association assisted the military to repel the attack and gunshots could be heard all over.
The Chairman of Madagali LGA, Alhaji Mohammed Yusuf, also confirmed the attack to Channels Television in Yola.
He described the attack as “very heavy and likely to result in the loss of lives.”
According to Yusuf, the latest attack comes barely 24 hours after two male suicide bombers entered the home of a family in Tsilah village near Madagali and held a woman and her daughter hostage.
Thereafter, they detonated the explosives strapped to their bodies, the woman and her baby died in the process.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Adamawa State Command, SP Othman Abubakar, when contacted, said he would call back with information.
He has yet to do that as of the time of filing this report
Meanwhile, the Adamawa State Commissioner for Information said the government was monitoring the situation.
Today’s attack also comes less than 10 days after two female suicide bombers attacked Dar, a village near Gulak.
The first of the two attackers detonated the improvised device strapped to her body around 8pm on Saturday, October 28, while the second did the same around 7am on Sunday, October 29.
A woman with an eight-month-old baby strapped to her back was affected by the second attack and lost an eye, while her baby sustained minor injuries in that attack, which is believed to have been targeted at a church.