Katarko is farming and herding community, 21 kilometres south of Damaturu, the state capital.
Amsami Modu, a resident, who fled the community to Gujba for safety, disclosed that the terrorists burst into the village through a cattle route.
“The soldiers fled for safety, as they were overpowered by gun trucks laden with Rapid Propelled Grenades (RPG).”
He said that while fleeing the village, he saw a thick black smoke from torched houses ascending the sky.
Asked whether lives were lost, Modu said: “I cannot tell you right now, because, as the insurgents exchanged gunfire the with soldiers, I had to run for dear life towards Gujba.”
Yobe police command could not confirm yesterday’s attack, as several calls and messages to the Commissioner of Police, Sumonu Abdulmaliki, were not responded to.