Abuja - Villagers in two communities that were recently attacked by members of the Boko Haram sect held back tears as they recounted how they lost their loved ones during the onslaught.
It was reported that 43 people had been killed during the attacks in the Konduga and Mafa Local Government Areas in Borno State.
However, it emerged this week the number of casualties could be as high as 60.
More than 20 people were critically injured in the attacks and were receiving treatment in a Maiduguri hospital.
Villagers who witnessed and survived the onslaught told journalists during the visit of Governor, Kashim Shettima, that armed insurgents surrounded villages and attack people in various mosques during the early morning prayer.
The villagers said the assailants, who were numbering about 200, emerged from the bush and opened fire.
Mohammed Muktar, a 20-year-old man cut a solemn figure following the death of his father.
"He was shot dead while performing ablution in front of a mosque," he said tearfully.
Another villager, Goni Bukar, lamented the loss of his wife and the wherabouts of their children.
"My wife was killed inside our house while seven of our children are still missing," he said.
It was reported the sect members carried out the attack on villagers claiming members of the community were assisting both the Joint Task Force (JTF) and the youth vigilante group to hunt down their members.