Boko Haram fighters have killed 26 people in night attacks on two villages on Lake Chad over the weekend, Chadian officials have said.
“The two villages were attacked by surprise on Saturday and Sunday night. There were 13 dead in each attack,” a Chadian official, who declined to be named, said on Wednesday.
Boko Haram have stepped up assaults in recent weeks across the region in what appears to be a fight back against an offensive mounted by soldiers from Nigeria and its neighbours, Chad, Cameroon and Niger.
Merom village was attacked on Saturday by armed men who slit the throats of their victims and burned houses before fleeing, the official said. Other local officials gave similar accounts.