At least 87 people have been killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria’s north-eastern Borno state, local officials said, according to the BBC.
Witnesses said that the militants disguised in military uniforms set up checkpoints outside the town of Benisheik and shot dead those trying to flee, witnesses said.
They also tourched dozens of buildings in Tuesday’s attack.
Borno state governor Kashim Shettima visited the scene on Thursday, and described the killings as “barbaric and un-Islamic”, and pledged financial assistance to relatives of the victims.
The Boko Haram members drove into the town in about 20 pick-up trucks, AFP quoted an anonymous security source as saying
He said they were heavily-armed, some with “anti-aircraft guns”.
Benisheik was also the scene of fierce clashes earlier this month, which reportedly left five militants and 13 vigilante members dead.
Boko Haram, which wants to create an Islamic state across Nigeria, has waged a deadly insurgency since 2009.