There have been reports from Nigeria that as many as 60 people may have been killed after a raid on a village by suspected Islamist militant group Boko Haram, BBC reported.
Details have only just emerged from survivors of the attack on Kukuwa in Yobe state which happened last Thursday. BBC’s Nigeria reporter said that the delay in news shows how ominous the security situation is in the northeastern Nigerian state.
It was said that some of the villagers drowned when attempting to flee the gunmen.
A military spokesman told the BBC that after some air surveillance and armed reconnaissance the reports of a massacre and drownings taking place in area could not be supported.
Although, eyewitnesses sated that dozens of militants came to village riding motorcycles and started shooting.
“We were getting ready to observe evening prayers, all of a sudden we started hearing sounds of gunshots,” a witness told the BBC Hausa service.
“We all ran for our dear life into the bush. The following morning we returned home and discovered corpses of 60 children. They all drowned in the river in their effort to escape the attack.”
It is still unclear as to how many people actually died in the attack.