Meanwhile, an attack last weekend by Boko Haram fighters on a funeral in Maiduguri, Borno State, has left 65 people dead.
A local official said Sunday Dozens more bodies were discovered following the assault Saturday by gunmen on a village close to the regional capital Maiduguri.
Local government chairman, Muhammed Bulama said “It is 65 people dead and 10 injured,”
Bulama said more than 20 people died in the initial attack on a funeral gathering. Dozens more were killed as they tried to chase after the jihadists.
The leader of a local anti-Boko Haram militia confirmed the death toll, while giving a slightly different account of the attack. Bunu Bukar Mustapha told newsmen that 23 people were killed as they returned from the funeral and “the remaining 42 were killed when they pursued the terrorists”.