Insurgents suspected to be members of Boko Haram on Monday tried to enter an Adamawa community, Michika, with a fanfare of explosives and gunshots. 

Their plan for infiltration was, however, scuttled by troops in counter-terrorism operation in the northeast. 

Residents were in fear, as the insurgents battled with troops along Michika-Lassa Road. 

After the confrontation that lasted for hours, the military said its troops were able to force the insurgents to retreat.

Some residents of Michika, a commercial town in Adamawa, said they started hearing gunfire and explosions around 7:00 p.m. on Michika-Lassa road.

“We are hearing gunshots and the fight is raging on,” a resident of Michika who simply identified himself as Idris, said.

“Pray for us; Boko Haram are trying to enter Michika,” another resident, Teri told the News Agency of Nigeria.

Burnt Bank In Michika

John Jigalambu, a resident of Bazza, a village near Michika, said they could hear gunshots and most residents in the village had escaped to avoid the attackers.

Confirming the incident, the Adamawa Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Mallam Ahmad Sajoh, said the military was on top of the situation.

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According to Sajoh, the insurgents, who entered through Kirchinga village in neighbouring Madagali local government, were being chased out by the military which had deployed reinforcement.

“They burnt the first bank in Michika and some shops,” Sajoh said. 

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