Maiduguri (Nigeria): Nigeria`s military says at least seven people have been killed in a shootout between soldiers and Islamic extremists in the country`s northeast.
The attack happened yesterday night in the fishing village of Gashua in Yobe state.
Teacher Fati Umar, who witnessed the violence, said the Islamic extremists attacked a police station in the village and later a prison.
Lt. Eli Lazarus, a military spokesman, said the shootout killed two police officers and five civilians.
However, Nigeria`s military often downplays casualty figures to avoid the appearance that it is losing control of the region to extremists.
Islamic extremists have launched guerrilla attacks across Nigeria`s predominantly Muslim north since 2010. A recent shootout between the military and extremists in Baga killed at least 187 people, with soldiers accused of killing civilians.