Boko Haram militants launched an attack on a village in northeastern Nigeria on Saturday, killing at least 14 people and injuring several others, vigilantes said.
The militants invaded Kimba village, attacking astride bicycles in flashpoint Borno state around 10 pm local time on Friday, shooting on residents and destroying their homes.
"The gunmen killed 14 people and burnt the whole village before they fled," Mustapha Karimbe, a civilian assisting the military in fighting Boko Haram, told AFP.
"Not a single house was spared in the arson," another vigilante, Musa Suleiman, reported.
Hundreds of Kimba residents have fled to the town of Biu and settled in a refugee camp.
The attack comes just days before Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s self-imposed ultimatum to end the insurgency expires on December 31, and same week that he announced Nigeria has “technically” won the fight against Boko Haram.
The UN children’s agency said at least 2,000 schools in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger remain closed due to the conflict, and hundreds have been destroyed or looted.
Attacks by the Boko Haram militant group in the region have increased since Buhari took office in May, despite promising to take action against them.
Niger, Chad and Cameroon also suffer from the spill over of Boko Haram’s insurgency, which has a stronghold in the northern Nigerian states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.
In the past six years, some 17,000 people have been killed by the militant group, while clashes have left around 2.5 million people displaced.