A 24-hour curfew has been imposed in the northern Nigerian city of Damaturu, a day after it was attacked by militant Islamist group Boko Haram, according to a BBC report.
The Yobe state governor’s office said the move would allow the security forces to finish their operation to drive out the attackers.
On Monday, Boko Haram set a police base on fire and attacked a university and school.
In Maiduguri city, in neighbouring Borno state, militants detonated two blasts in a market, killing at least six people, according to local medical sources.
A statement issued by an adviser to the Yobe state governor said the decision to impose a curfew on Tuesday had been “taken… as part of measures to enable the security agents, who did a great job yesterday, repelling insurgent attacks on the town, to conclude their ongoing assignment”.
BBC Nigeria analyst Naziru Mikailu says the curfew means that all residents will have to stay at home, forcing the closure of schools, businesses and government offices.
It suggests the militants have heavily infiltrated the state capital, and the authorities are extremely concerned about the security situation, he adds.