According to Press TV, the attack early Saturday targeted the Kambari village with Boko Haram terrorists setting the entire area ablaze, Nigerian security officials said.
People in Kambari, which is near the Muslim-dominated city of Maiduguri, were preparing for the morning prayers when the attack happened. A village leader was also among the dead.
Maiduguri, the capital of the northeastern Borno State, has been repeatedly affected by Boko Haram’s terrorist attacks over the past five years.
A presidential election campaign has been launched in the city where the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian, and the former military ruler, Mohammadu Buhari, a Muslim, are expected to engage in a fierce rivalry for the February 14 poll.
Nigerian officials have stated that they will provide sufficient security for the upcoming election and people that have been displaced by Boko Haram attacks will be able to take part in the vote.