By Ibidapo Balogun with AP report
Boko Haram violent sect has killed about 97 people in Kukawa, near Maiduguri in the Northeastern part of the country.
A government official and a self-defense fighter say Boko Haram extremists have gunned down nearly 100 Muslims praying in mosques in Northeastern Nigeria.
The attack was carried out on Wednesday night in the town of Kukawa as people were praying ahead of breaking their fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
The sect members rounded up the mosque and dealt a blow to Muslim faithful.
A senior government official from the area said the Islamic extremists targeted several mosques in the town.
He spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to give information to reporters.
Vigilante group spokesman Abbas Gava says its self-defense fighters in Kukawa said some militants broke into people’s homes, killing women and children.
Boko Haram often defiles mosques where it believes clerics espouse too moderate a form of Islam.
President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara have all condemned the attack.