Boko Haram terrorists burned children alive and killed at least 86 people in an attack on a Nigerian village.
The jihadists stormed the village of Dalori on the night of Jan. 30, sending ahead three female suicide bombers before riding in on motorcycles and trucks, witnesses said.
Alamin Bakura, a survivor of the attack, told the Associated Press that he heard the screams of children who were trapped inside huts firebombed by Boko Haram fighters. Bakura, who was weeping when he spoke to a reporter, said several of his family members were among the dead.
The fighters razed buildings and gunned down villagers who tried to flee to the surrounding bush, according to reports. Troops were dispatched to the village in northeast Nigeria, but were outmatched by the better-armed militants. The battle lasted more than four hours before additional military reinforcements arrived and the Boko Haram fighters withdrew, the AP reported.
The next morning, most of the village had been destroyed: Half-razed buildings were still smoldering, the streets were littered with the shells of bombed-out cars, and rescuers were helping villagers recover the bodies of the dead. More than 70 others were wounded, Nigerian newspaper the Vanguard reported, some of them critically injured with gunshot and machete wounds.
Another 15 villagers were reported missing, Agence France-Presse reported.
Terrorists also struck two nearby refugee camps, which house thousands of people who have been displaced by the group's attacks, but were repelled by government forces, Nigerian soldiers told the AP.
The attacks followed a pair of suicide bombings in two nearby villages on Jan. 29. At least 24 people were killed in those attacks, AFP reported.
Since a 2009 uprising, Boko Haram and affiliated groups have killed about 20,000 people in Nigeria and displaced more than 2.5 million others, according to ABC News.