“They opened fire on homes as we slept and killed seven people before carting away our food supplies and drugs from the only clinic in the town,”
“The troops killed seven of the attackers instantly while quite a number escaped with gunshot wounds,” the army said.
“During clearance operations this morning, the troops discovered nine more Boko Haram terrorists dead bodies in the surrounding areas. Therefore the total number of terrorists killed was 16,” it added.
Residents had fled into Cameroon and the town of Gamboru, 28 kilometres (17 miles) away.
Another witness Ari Ngamsu added: “The Boko Haram gunmen planted two high calibre explosives on the way outside the town but soldiers from Gamboru succeeded in defusing them at daybreak.”
Both witnesses spoke on Cameroonian phone lines, the only means of communication available following the destruction of telecom masts by Boko Haram in previous attacks.