At least 69 people have been killed in an attack on a herding village in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, security sources and residents said.
Fighters drove into remote Felo village in Gubio district on Tuesday afternoon, shooting fleeing residents, running them over with their vehicles and razing the village.
“They actually killed 69 persons. More bodies were discovered scattered on the open expanse,” a senior military officer said.
A community leader who asked not to be named said the attackers had mown down the 69 “men, and children” as they watched over their cattle at a watering hole outside the village.
“Our people were caught off guard by the gunmen who surrounded them,” the leader said.
“It is an open field with nowhere to hide. They couldn’t escape, they couldn’t outrun the vehicles.”
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.