Armed gunmen believed to be members of Islamic sect Boko Haram on Monday night attacked security forces on patrol around Ngelzarma town of Fune Local Government area in Yobe state.
Sanusi Rufai, the State Commissioner of Police, confirmed the incursion, adding that he was yet to receive a full brief on the incident.
He further stated that a team has been dispatched to the town to immediately begin investigation.
A source living close to the area where the assault took place in a telephone chat with DailyPost, disclosed that a soldier and at least three civilians were shot dead. He said the assailants on sighting the security officers, shot sporadically at them.
The soldiers however repelled the offensive after hours on heavy gun duel.
The source also affirmed that the insurgents set ablaze a nearby market and some residential buildings, using improvised explosive devices, IEDs.
Already, the area is under surveillance to prevent further attacks, while movement in and out of the town is currently being monitored by the military and other security agents.
Ngelzarma is a small settlement, 45 kilometers west of Damaturu, Yobe state capital.