Islamists from Boko Haram killed at least 29 people when they attacked the village of Mussa in Nigeria’s northern state of Borno, according to a local official.
The militants, who were fleeing from a nearby area after clashes with the army, fired sporadically at people and burned down about 200 houses, Sunday Waba, the chairman of the Mussa Youth Association, said by phone.
There were also reports of intensifying clashes between Boko Haram fighters and the army near Zabarmari, a suburb of state capital Maiduguri, according to local militias.
Boko Haram has been fighting to impose Islamic law in northern Nigeria for years, in an insurgency that has left thousands dead. Neighboring states including Niger and Chad have been drawn into the conflict, helping Nigeria’s effort to crush the group.