The jihadist group Boko Haram killed at the least 10 individuals including four security personnel in raids on three villages in northeast Nigeria, native and security sources informed AFP on Sunday.
Fighters in six vans attacked the villages of Shafa, Azare and Tashan Alade in Borno state on Saturday and set hearth to houses and public buildings whereas firing sporadically at residents.
"They killed 10 individuals and burt houses, outlets and churches, stated Sani Mohammed, head of an anti-jihadist militia.
The assailants went from village to village. In Azare, they "burnt a police station and killed two policemen, a member of the civil defence and a vigilante," one other militiaman Bulus James stated.
The assault pressured residents to flee into the bush amid capturing from the militants.
"We recovered five lifeless bodies with gunshots on them from the bush along with six ladies with gunshot injuries," James stated.
"They have been all hit whereas making an attempt to escape," he added.
In Tashan Alade, residents fled into the hills overlooking the village before the assailants arrived, resident Luka Musa stated.
"Once they came they went on a burning spree, burning three churches, three houses and a drug store," Musa stated.
Boko Haram has stepped up attacks in current days.
In a video it launched on Saturday the group claimed duty for a Christmas Eve assault on a village during which 11 individuals died in addition to the kidnap of a priest who appeared in the video.
On Thursday dozens of loggers have been kidnapped and three killed close to the border with Cameroon.
Boko Haram and a splinter group referred to as ISWAP have killed 36,000 individuals within the northeast and forced roughly two million to flee since 2009, in accordance with the United Nations.