Gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram sect on Sunday evening opened fire on villagers of Kwajaffa in Borno State and burnt their houses.
Witnesses and residents told Agence France Presse, AFP, that the over two dozen assailants, who were “obviously Boko Haram fighters” stormed Kwajaffa at dusk on Sunday and ordered residents out of their homes.
The residents said that they thought the insurgents “were going to preach and leave,” but lamented that they terrorists “opened fire on the crowd.”
One of the residents, Ahmad Ali, said the death toll might be more than two dozen.
Ali said the insurgents went ahead to set fire to homes, burning half of the village before they left.”
Kwajaffa lies in the southern part of Borno State, one the regions hit hardest by Boko Haram’s six-year deadly uprising.
One Babagana Mustapha said a relative who fled the attack in Kwajaffa, arrived at his home in southern Borno’s commercial hub of Biu, 35 kilometres (22 miles) from Kwajaffa, at 11:30 pm on Sunday.
This relative reported similar details concerning the attack, including a number of casualties, Mustapha said.
Nigeria’s military backed by forces from Chad, Niger and Cameroon, has claimed huge victories over Boko Haram in the North-East over the last two months, retaking a series of towns and villages previously under rebel control.
But experts have warned that hit-and-run attacks by the group could increase amid the military pressure.
The militants killed seven people going to a market in southern Chad last Friday, and then set improvised landmines on the road close to the Nigerian border.

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