Men believed to be members of Boko Haram killed 18 traders returning from a local market in Borno state.
Another set of gunmen also attacked Sabon-Kasuawa in Hawul Local Government Area of the state and killed the village head and one of his guards.
It was gathered that the sect attacked two buses on the Bama-Gwoza Road; and shot dead 18 traders who were returning from a market at Pulka on Tuesday at about 4pm.
Pulka is Nigerian border town with Cameroon; and 119 kilometres south of Maiduguri, the capital of troubled Borno state.
The marauders, according to an eyewitness, ambushed the traders, who were going back to their homes after selling their wares, at Wala village, 10 kilometres to Gwoza.
The witness said the traders were compelled to come down from the two buses; and subsequently asked to identify themselves by insurgents.