Dozens of militants stormed three remote villages in the flashpoint Borno state on Wednesday, slaughtering residents and setting houses ablaze in the bloodiest day of attacks by the extremist group since President Muhammadu Buhari came to power in May.

“Gunmen killed at least 97 people in Kukawa, the worst-affected village,” said Kolo, a local who had counted the bodies.
    
"They wiped out the immediate family of my uncle... They killed his children, about five of them, and set his entire house ablaze," Kolo further said.

Another witness in Kukawa, Babami Alhaji Kolo, who fled to the state capital Maiduguri, said more than 50 militants had stormed the village. "The terrorists first descended on Muslim worshippers in various mosques who were observing the Maghrib prayer shortly after breaking their fast," he said.

"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.
    
In two other villages near the town of Monguno, meanwhile, gunmen killed 48 people and injured 11 others, local lawmaker Mohammed Tahir and witnesses said.
    
"They selected particular male residents from among the crowd of worshippers... and opened fire on them before setting the two villages on fire and razing them to the ground," Tahir said.
    
Another resident who managed to escape said the militants arrived in vans and on motorcycles.
    
Kukawa is around 50 kilometres away from the two villages near Monguno. All three are located near Lake Chad, which straddles Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon and has been a focal point of the unrest.

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