Gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect have reportedly killed one soldier and four civilians in a clash with soldiers at the Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State, in the north eastern part of Nigeria.
An eyewitness said that the gunmen opened fire at a military checkpoint in Sabongari Hyambula area of Madagali Local Government on the border between Adamawa and Borno States.
In the crossfire battle which was said to have lasted several hours, at least four civilians were said to have been killed, including a mad woman.
Two of the gunmen were also reportedly killed during the incident.
The Islamist sect has carried out series of attacks on villages, churches and schools in the north eastern states of Adamawa Borno and Yobe.
To quell their activities, the Nigerian president declared a state of emergency in the states. It is almost 12 months since the rule was imposed on the states but the attacks have persisted.
The military said its operations in he area were yielding results since it increased offensives in the region that has seen series of terror attacks since 2009.