Boko Haram gunmen killed 68 people,including many children, in a massacre in the northeastNigeria village of Njaba, two witnesses and two vigilantes said. Heavily armed militants stormed the village in Borno state on Tuesday "from all directions", said Falmata Bisika, 62, whoescaped to the state capital Maiduguri where she spoke toreporters.
"The terrorists were armed to the teeth," she said,recounting the insurgents' rampage through Njaba, which sawthem fire on fleeing residents, including "teenagers and theelderly". "It is very unlikely (that) I will ever go back," shesaid.
"Four of my grandchildren have been killed." Mimuni Haruna, 42, said he hid in a silo at the back of his house during the prolonged attack before running to Maiduguri, roughly 50 kilometres (31 miles) north of Njaba. "I participated in the counting of dead bodies. Sixty-eight people were killed," Haruna said.
"Most of thehouses in our village have been destroyed." Vigilante leader Ali Mulai said the attack began at about 5:00 am (0400 GMT). "The victims included boys and girls between the ages of13 and 19 and other older residents who were either shot deador slaughtered," he said.
Another vigilante whose is from Njaba confirmed the attackand said his father was among those killed. Requesting anonymity, he said he believed the assault waslaunched from Gwoza, where Boko Haram is believed to beamassing fighters.
Gwoza is also the Borno town where Boko Haram leaderAbubakar Shekau first proclaimed the existence of a caliphate inside Nigeria.