The Nation reported that many of the residents abandoned their activities and rushed back to their homes as troops of Sector 2 of Operation Lafiya Dole engaged the terrorists from the northeastern part of the city.
Official details of the development have not been made available, but a security source reportedly said many of the insurgents were killed by two fighter jets deployed immediately to where the attack was taking place.
A number of residents also confirmed seeing two fighter jets hovering above the city.
The spokesman of the Army for Sector 2 Operation Layifa Dole, Captain Njoka Irabor said: “There was movement of suspicious criminals very far from Damaturu, but our troops have taken care of the situation and the area is now calm”.
Mr Irabor aslo disclosed that he does not have details of the situation but promised to get back to this reporters as soon as he does.
Some unverified sources said the insurgents attacked a military check-point after the Police Headquarters along Gashua road.