The Boko Haram militants on Wednesday carried out a coordinated attack in Bara town of Yobe State northeast Nigeria.

Residents told Channels Television that the insurgents stormed the town on Wednesday night burning houses, shops, foodstuffs among other valuables with Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) as they (residents) ran for safety.

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The insurgents who arrived the town in large number reportedly burnt several houses during the coordinated attack.

The source further said that some of the residents were caught up in the houses set ablaze and were receiving treatment at Bajoga Hospital in neighbouring Gombe State.

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A top police officer who confirmed the attack said that the Yobe State Commissioner of Police, Zannah Ibrahim, has since rushed to the scene of the attack to assess the extent of havoc caused to the town.

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Casualty figure, according to him, was not yet known, but residents fled into bushes for safety and slept there overnight.

Bara is the headquarters of Gulani Local Government Areas of the state and located 109km south of Damaturu the state capital.