Eyewitnesses in Azare township in Bauchi state has told SaharaReporters that the township in a lockdown as security forces engage islamist militants in intense gunfight.
The township has recently become the center of assassination of public figures and politicians including the killing of a local chief, Maji Dadin Katagum, last night in front of his house as he returned from evening prayers at a nearby mosque.
Some residents in the town said the gunmen have killed a Nigerian soldier and several civilians. The gunmen have also suffered unspecified number of casualties in their rank.
Many residents are trapped in their homes for the fear of being caught in the gunfight.