Members of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), on Wednesday, attacked a Nigerian military formation in the southern part of Borno State.
Daily Trust reports that terrorist invaded the remote town of Damboa at about 10:30am with dozens of gun trucks and engaged troops in a gun battle.
The newspaper said the attack threw the community into confusion, as residents and displaced persons ran for safety.
But aerial bombardment was deployed to assist the ground troops and local volunteers.
“I can confirm to you that these boys (ISWAP) are currently attacking state forces in Damboa town. Airpower has been activated to support the troops. Everything is under control,” the publication quotes a security source as saying.
Damboa is 100 kilometres away from Maiduguri, the state capital.
According to reports, ISWAP recently took control of Sambisa Forest, after the faction Killed Abubakar Shekau, leader of Boko Haram, a group it pulled out of a few years ago.