Suspected members of the Boko Haram sect has attacked security forces on patrol of Ngelzarma town of Fune Local Government area in Yobe state.
Ngelzarma is 45 kilometres west of Damaturu, the state capital and has recently become a stronghold of the insurgents.
The State Commissioner of Police; Sanusi Rufai who confirmed the attack to Channels Television in Damaturu said he is still expecting details of the attack from the Damagum division.
He said a team has already been sent to Ngelzarma town for an on the spot assessment of the situation.
Witnesses said the attack was launched on the patrol team around 8:30 PM on Monday night with series of gunshots heard throughout the night as security forces made efforts to repel the attack.
It was also gathered that some shops and residential houses were razed during the attack.
In the early hours of today, Ngelzarma town was cordon off by security forces to prevent further attacks by the insurgents as movement in and out of the town was restricted.
This development affected travellers from Maiduguri and Damaturu to various parts of the country.