Suspected Boko Haram terrorists have, according to sources, slaughtered five internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Damboa local government area of Borno State.
There are fears the death toll could be higher.
The IDPs went in search of firewood outside Damboa town on Sunday morning when the incident happened, sources say.
A vigilante identified as Abu Damboa said three IDPs were declared missing when they didn’t return after the attack.
Abu said he and his colleagues then embarked on a search-and-rescue operation.
“We got the report to that some IDPs were missing,” he said.
“So, we swang into action but later found five of them beheaded two kilometres away from the scene where they were falling trees.
“It was disheartening to see fellow human beings slaughtered like animals. They were all displaced persons, “Abu said.
Humanitarian sources said the incident happened on Sunday afternoon, adding that the victims have been buried according to Islamic rites.
“Information received was that eight IDPs who went in search of firewood outside Damboa town some 6-8kms were abducted,” a humanitarian source told Daily Trust.
“Five dead bodies out of the eight missing IDPs were recovered this morning.”
The fresh killings come less than 24 hours after new Chief of Army Staff, Maj Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, gave a marching order to the troops to reclaim some communities under the control of the insurgents in Borno.