The aid worker, who asked not to be identified because he is not authorised to talk to the media, said the attack happened near Rann, in northeastern Borno state, on Wednesday.
Amnesty International last week said Boko Haram attacks since April had killed nearly 400 people in Nigeria and Cameroon — double the figure of the previous five months.
The attack, which happened at about 8:00 pm (1900 GMT), was followed by sustained gunfire as the jihadists drove away into the darkness, he added. Ngala resident Abubakar Yusuf, who corroborated Kachalla’s account, said: “The casualties were relatively minimal because most people had retired for the night.”
Amnesty said at least 223 civilians died in Nigeria since April, underscoring that the real toll could be far higher. “Between May and August, seven times more civilians were killed than in the preceding four months, while 100 civilians were killed in August alone,” it said
The £200 million ($260 million, 220 million euros) will help supply food to 1.5 million people facing famine as a result of the bloody insurgency, while providing treatment for 120,000 children at risk of malnutrition and assisting 100,000 children with education needs.
Boko Haram extremists have been crossing into and attacking towns in neighboring countries, including Cameroon, that contribute to a regional military force trying to eliminate the insurgency. Boko Haram is blamed for killing more than 20,000 people in their eight-year existence.
A convoy of trucks under military and militia escort came under fire from Boko Haram jihadists yesterday at Meleri village in Konduga district which has been repeatedly pounded by Boko Haram attacks.
Boko Haram has recently stepped up suicide and gun attacks on “soft targets”, including schools, mosques, markets and motor parks in Maiduguri area. The violence has also spilt into neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
UNICEF spokeswoman Marixie Mercado says she has no explanation for the increase to 83 such “human bomb” children, two-thirds of them girls, compared to 19 total children last year.
The government has never said what exactly has been ailing Buhari and his long absences have led some to call for his replacement and for the military to remind its personnel to remain loyal. Earlier this year Buhari spent seven weeks in London for treatment and said he had never been so sick in his life
Three women suicide bombers blew themselves up at the entrance to a camp for displaced people in northeast Nigeria, killing 28 people and wounding 82. The attack took place in the town of Mandarari, 25 kilometres from Maiduguri, the capital of restive Borno state.
“The United Nations is extremely concerned that these actions could be detrimental to the delivery of lifesaving aid to the millions of vulnerable people in the northeast of Nigeria,” said Samantha Newport, a spokeswoman for the UN Office.
“Boko Haram attacked Duguri and Dabar Wanzam islands and killed 31 people,” a member of a local militia fighting the jihadists in Maiduguri, Babakura Kolo said. “They (Boko Haram) killed 14 in Duguri and another 17 in Dabar Wanzam,” Kolo said.
The military and self-defence group were providing security for oil exploration workers in northern Borno state. Bukar says the convoy had been travelling between Magumeri and Gubio towns. Nigeria’s military has not immediately commented on the ambush.
Malala said her Nigeria visit was significant because it was partial fulfillment of what she advocated last time she was there. In 2014, she pressed then-President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure the rescue of the more than 200 abducted Chibok schoolgirls.