97 people are reported to have been killed by suspected members of dreaded Boko Haram sect in Kukawa Village, a town in the northeast Nigerian state of Borno, not far from Lake Chad, a military source said on Thursday.
While a member of a local defence group said the death toll could be as high as 97.
A fisherman who witnessed Wednesday’s attack corroborated the death toll to another foreign news agency.
“They wiped out the immediate family of my uncle…They killed his children, about five of them, and set his entire house ablaze,” Kolo said.
Another witness called Babami Alhaji Kolo who fled to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state where the attack took place, said more than 50 militants stormed the village early Wednesday evening.
“The terrorists first descended on Muslim worshippers in various mosques who were observing the Maghrib prayer shortly after breaking their fast,” he said.
“They… opened fire on the worshippers who were mostly men and young children.
“They spared nobody. In fact, while some of the terrorists waited and set most of the corpses on fire, others proceeded to houses and shot indiscriminately at women who were preparing food,” he said.