MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Death toll of the rebel attacks in Nigeria's northeastern state of Borno hit 50 on Tuesday, in a fresh account of the incident by the traditional chief of the affected Konduga Village.
Zanna Musa Yale, district head of Konduga, narrated the villagers' ordeal in an emotion-laden tone when Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State visited the community to sympathize with the people and assess the damage caused by the massacre.
He said suspected Boko Haram militants came to the town early on Sunday while many residents were praying.
"They invaded different mosques and killed people anyhow," he said, disclosing that 43 dead bodies were evacuated from the mosques at day break.
Other dead bodies were found in another nearby mosque, he added.
Babagan Aishemi, a youth leader in the community said the insurgents, who came in a large number, wore military camouflage.
"They came with women and some of the women were setting houses ablaze," he said.
About 40 houses, hundreds of livestock and ten vehicles were burnt during the attack, he said, noting that a state-run College of Administration and Management was among buildings razed by the rebels.
A military officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, claimed that five of the insurgents were later shot dead by the Joint Task Force (JTF).
Governor Shettima, who commiserated with the community over their losses, donated the sum of 5 million naira (approximately 31, 114 U.S. dollars) and four patrol vehicles to the youth to help in counter-insurgency patrol and logistics.
The governor also disclosed that a committee headed by a state legislator would assess the extent of damage and recommend appropriate compensations to affected persons.
Borno State, located in Nigeria's northeast region, is a flash point of attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram since 2009, when the sect launched its insurgency targeting churches, security facilities, schools and villages.
A week ago, 35 people were killed by gunmen who stormed a Mobile Police Base at Bama Town and another military facility at Malum Fatori area of the state.