Boko Haram insurgents have reportedly decapitated five Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.
Three others are said to be missing.
According to Daily Trust, the IDPs had gone in search of firewood outside Damboa town on Sunday morning, when the incident happened.
A member of the local vigilance group, Abu Damboa, was quoted as saying that the IDPs were declared missing when they did not return.
Damboa said he and his colleagues then embarked on a search-and-rescue operation.
“We got the report to that some IDPs were missing. So, we swung into action but later found five of them beheaded two kilometers away from the scene where they were falling trees.
“It was disheartening to see fellow human beings slaughtered like animals, they were all displaced persons,” he said.
The newspaper also quoted humanitarian sources to have said that the incident happened on Sunday afternoon.
The victims were said to have been buried according to Islamic rites.
“Information received was that eight IDPs who went in search of firewood outside Damboa town some 6-8kms were abducted.
“Five dead bodies out of the eight missing IDPs were recovered this morning,” a humanitarian source said.
This is coming less than 24 hours after the Chief of Army Staff, Maj.- Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, gave a marching order to the troops to reclaim some communities under the control of the insurgents in the state.