Boko Haram stormed homes in northeastern Nigeria on Saturday night, killing dozens of people that included sleeping children, the latest in a recent spate of horrific attacks by the Islamic extremist group. The killings happened near Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria's Borno Province, the New York Times reports, noting that the area has a history of being a Boko Haram target. The number of dead is uncertain, per the Times. One local says more than 100 people were killed, another says about 50. A reporter for Reuters counted some 65 bodies at a hospital morgue, adding that dozens of bodies were charred beyond recognition.
Residents tell the Times that gunman came in two cars and a motorcycle and began shooting indiscriminately and lighting homes on fire. They chased down fleeing residents and shot them in the streets. As some were "running for their dear lives," a military spokesman tells Reuters, they were killed by three female suicide bombers. It was the third and most deadly attack in a week attributed to Boko Haram, per Reuters. On Friday, a suicide bomber killed about 10 people in a neighboring state. At least 12 were killed Wednesday in an attack on another village in Borno. Officials say, per the Times, that Boko Haram is resorting to such raids because it can no longer effectively control villages due advances made by a Nigerian-led campaign against the group. (Read more Boko Haram stories.)