The news of the Boko Haram attack was slow to emerge because the militants had destroyed all telecommunication lines and telecom masts in the area during previous attacks. The attacks on the three villages - Warwara, Mangari and Bura-Shika - happened on Saturday. The Islamists reportedly used machetes to "slaughter" their victims.
"Most of the victims were slaughtered and most of the wounded (had suffered) machete cuts", Mustapha Karimbe told media persons. Musa Suleiman, another vigilante, said that 20 people were killed in Warwara.
More than 20 people were killed in late November in a Boko Haram bomb attack targeting Shia Muslims during an annual religious procession in the northern state of Kano.
Mangari and Warawara villages are about five kilometres and seven kilometres away respectively from Buratai, the home town of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai. He said members of the Boko Haram sect besieged his village at about 3:15pm on Sunday. This latest attack comes as Boko Haram fighters have intensified their attacks on Buratai and nearby settlements.
Last week, Boko Haram brutally killed 14 people in the village of Kamuya, which is the hometown of the mother of Nigeria's army chief. Protests by students in New York against atrocities committed by Boko Haram against school girls in Africa A recent report by the Nigerian army, informs that troops operating in Bama axis on a fighting patrol, have cleared Boko Haram terrorists out of Aulari general area located within the Sambisa forest. Suspecting a reprisal, spokesman of Special Task Force (STF),
Capt Ikedichi Iweha said "two days ago two Fulani men were killed in Wereng village and suspecting there will a reprisal we moved our men to the village (Wereng) but unfortunately they attacked a different village".
The government has vowed to end the Boko Haram insurgency by this month but the deadline looks likely to be missed as attacks persist. Dalyop said the attackers, who arrived the community at about 8p.m, broke into their houses through the weak doors and windows most of which are made from zinc roofing sheets.
Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is forbidden", has spread its attacks from northeastern Nigeria, its traditional stronghold, to the neighboring countries of Chad, Niger and Cameroon. There has, however, been a spike in suicide attacks in Nigeria and neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
The radical terror group's six-year insurgency, which aims to create an Islamic caliphate in northeast Nigeria, has left over 17,000 people dead. The MNJTF was supposed to have been deployed by July but has not been deployed yet.