Atleast 20 persons have been killed by suicide bombers in an attack in Damboa local government area of Borno state.
BreezeReporters learnt the attack was carried out on Saturday by suspected Boko Haram members.
The attackers struck in Abacahri village, along Damboa/Chibok road, while the residents were returning from the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.
Many were also said to have been injured and are currently receiving treatment in Damboa General Hospital.
Following the suicide bombings, the attackers fired rocket-propelled grenades into the crowds that had gathered at the scene of the blasts, driving the number of casualties higher, report says.
“There were two suicide attacks and rocket-propelled grenade explosions in Damboa last night which killed 31 people and left several others injured,” Babakura Kola, from the Civilian Joint Task Force, a militia assisting the military with security, told AFP news agency on Sunday.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the attack bore all the hallmarks of Boko Haram, a group waging an armed campaign in northeast Nigeria for nearly a decade.
“It has destroyed our houses. We have also counted 31 innocent people including children and elderly killed in the attack,” said local resident Modu Usman, son of a community leader, according to the Reuters news agency.