Boko Haram attack Nigeria's Yobe state capital

Residents say they heard gun shots and massive explosions from around 6am.

A screengrab taken on 9 November, 2014 from a new Boko Haram video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau preaching to locals in an unidentified town. Picture: AFP.

YOBE - Suspected Boko Haram Islamist militants attacked Nigeria's Yobe state capital Damaturu early on Monday, residents said.

One resident, cameraman Mustapha Usman, said he heard gunshots and explosions from around 6am and they were still going on.

"I saw a military jet circling three times. People have abandoned their vehicles on the road and gone home," Usman said.

Several other residents said they saw a Nigerian fighter jet flying over the city in northeastern Nigeria. One witness, Mike David, said the militants were shouting "Allahu Akbar."