Kano - Boko Haram gunmen fought running battles with Nigerian troops on the streets of the northeastern city of Damaturu on Friday, in an apparent reprisal attack after a recent raid on a militant stronghold, residents told AFP.
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"The gunmen arrived at around 7:30 pm (1830 GMT), firing guns and shouting 'Allahu Akbar!' (God is greatest)," said Mukhtar Sani, a student of the Yobe State University in the city.
Troops intercepted the insurgents and Aishatu Bala, who lives nearby, added: "All the streets are deserted. Everybody has moved indoors and all we hear are sounds of gunfire."