The fighters of the Boko Haram Islamic sect attacked Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State on Tuesday.
An intelligence source said on Tuesday that the attackers attempted to overpower a unit of soldiers without success around Barkin Dutse.
The source said that the insurgents were still involved in a gun duel with troops as of 2.20pm.
It was learnt that the soldiers had an upperhand against the insurgents while some troops were drafted to the Cameroonian side of the border to block it.
The source stated also that soldiers surrounded all the exit points to and outside Madagali to prevent the insurgents who invaded the area from fleeing.