Boko Haram insurgents, on Tuesday, reportedly killed 69 persons at Foduma Kolomaiya village, 11 kilometres away from Gazaure town of Gubio Local Government Area of Borno State.
Gubio, 96 kilometres away from Maiduguri is in the northern part of Borno State.
The attack, which was launched at noon, according to credible sources and residents, lasted two hours before the terrorists retreated.
The insurgents also reportedly killed over 300 cows and rustled nearly 1000.
First News learnt that the terrorists invaded the community 24 hours after attacking commuters along the Monguno highway.
Residents said many people also sustained injuries, while many got missing after the attack.
Army Spokesman, Col. Sagir Musa, could not be reached to confirm the incident.
He did not return a call and did not also respond to a text message sent to his phone.
But sources from one of the leading international organisations working in the northeast, head of one of the vigilante groups, a source from a credible NGO and a public affairs analyst all confirmed the attack in Gubio.
“It is the most deadly attack in recent times. The location of the village made rescue mission a bit difficult,” he said.
“Many people were killed and others missing because the attackers waylaid the village in broad daylight, surrounded it and opened fire,” another source said.
The vigilante official said 69 dead bodies were counted.
“These exclude those that are missing. More about the attack will come to the fore tomorrow (today),” he said.
The latest attack occurred two days after the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai, left Borno State having stayed there for two months.
Buratai had on Monday briefed President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja on his two month-sojourn in the theatre of war.
The army chief had said the fight against the insurgents was still ongoing.
He had said tremendous achievement had been recorded in the fight against insurgency in the northeast with the killing of 1, 429 Boko Haram insurgents and the arrest of 116 of their associates.
Buratai, who returned to the headquarters in Abuja on Sunday, said President Buhari was happy with the performance of the military when he briefed him on the operations in the northeast for the past two months.