ABUJA, June 26 (Xinhua) -- Twenty-two local farmers were killed following an attack by terror group Boko Haram who invaded a village in Nigeria's northeastern state of Borno, security sources said on Wednesday.
The Boko Haram fighters attacked the group of farmers on Monday in Ngamgam village, about 50 km east of Damasak town in Mobbar local government area of the state, one military official told Xinhua.
Dozens of people including women and children fled with bullet wounds, most of them seeking refuge in the nearby Damasak town, as the gunmen went on the rampage.
Usman Bala, head of the government-backed Civilian Joint Task Force, a militia group, said the Boko Haram members came in large numbers on foot and surrounded the village before unleashing terror on the farming community.
Bala said up to 18 bodies were first recovered at Ngamgam as of Tuesday morning during search and rescue operation by locals, but later on, four more bodies were found hit by bullets.
Boko Haram, which launched attacks in Nigeria's northeast a decade ago, is known for its agenda to maintain a virtual caliphate in the most populous African country.