BREAKING!! Military battles Boko Haram near Bauchi
Soldiers supported by two fighter jets intercepted the militants who were in 20 pick-up trucks at Dungulbe village, seven kilometres (four miles) from the city, and engaged them in fierce fighting.
The fighter jets are pounding the enemy position while ground troops are engaging them, said a military officer in the city, who asked not to be identified, in an account supported by residents.
The operation is still ongoing but the terrorists have suffered serious losses and are in disarray, the officer added.
The fighting was taking place as Nigeria was holding a second day of voting in its general election after technology failures hampered polling on Saturday.
The Islamists arrived in the village around 10:00 am (0900 GMT) and set up camp in preparation for an invasion of the city, said Dungulbe resident Mudassir Hambali, who fled to Bauchi.
They came in 20 vehicles carrying heavy weapons. As soon as I realised what was happening I fled through the bus with my family.
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