A vigilante told AFP that Boko Haram attacks in three northeast Nigerian villages killed 30 people and wounded 20 others.
Mustapha Karimbe a civilian fighting against Boko Haram, together with the Nigerian army said that the militant group attacked the villages of Warwara, Mangari and Bura-Shika in Borno State, which are close to Buratai, the hometown of the highest Nigerian military chief Tukur Yusuf Buratai.
Boko Haram frequently carries out arson attacks and loots villages in Buratai and nearby areas.
Musa Suleiman, another civilian helping the Nigerian army, said that the recent wave of attacks affected the Warwara village the most, where Boko Haram militants killed 20 people.
"Most of the victims were slaughtered and most of the wounded [had suffered] machete cuts," AFP reported Karimba’s words.
Telecom mats destroyed by previous Boko Haram attacks hindered communication in the area.
At least 17,000 people have been killed by Boko Haram in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger since the Boko Haram conflict began in 2009.
According to an AFP tally, 1,530 of those who were killed by Boko Haram lost their lives after Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari came in to office in May 2015.