Adamawa State government said gunmen had attacked Dong and Lawaru villages in Demsa local government area of the state.
The state commissioner of Information and Strategy, Ahmad Sajoh, who confirmed the incident, also described it as “unfortunate.”
Sajoh said the state government had held an emergency security meeting on the incident and had taken measures to contain the situation.
He said that military personnel and policemen had been deployed to the affected villages to contain the attackers.
“I can’t say the number of casualties for now as security men are still there to chase out the attackers, ” Sajoh said.
The Spokesman of the Police Command in the state, SP Othman Abubakar, who also confirmed the incident, said mobile policemen, soldiers, air force and other security personnel from sister security agencies had been deployed to contain the situation.
Abubakar also said that more highway Police Patrol teams were drafted along the Yola–Numan–Gombe road to ensure safety of travelers along the road.
Meanwhile, residents of Numan, the third largest town in Adamawa, are fleeing the town for safety as rumours continue to spread that the attackers are heading toward the town.President Buhari, who also spoke at the counter-terrorism retreat, urged leaders to speak up against the violent extremism committed by deranged people in the name of Islam.
According to him, all nations, irrespective of religion should partner effectively in implementing national, regional and global action plans to counter violent extremism.
Buhari reiterated the commitment of Nigeria to playing a leading role in bringing together countries of the West African sub-region in a collective security arrangement.
He said that Nigeria was ready to share its experiences with a view to fashioning out comprehensive action plans in tackling the scourge of violent extremism in the region.
He, therefore, called for a stronger collaboration among the member countries of the Aqaba Initiatives to check violent extremism across the world.