On Wednesday night the Islamist militants entered the village of Kukawa and gunned down 97 people at mosques and in their homes, eyewitnesses report.
The previous day they stormed two villages near the town of Monguno and killed 48 people just as they were finishing evening prayers.On Tuesday night the militants launched an attack on a mosque, then proceeded into the villages and set the houses on fire, a Monguno resident told BBC Hausa.
Describing the events at one of the villages attacked, he said: “They were praying in the mosque when Boko Haram attackers descended on the village. They waited till they finished the prayers. They gathered them in one place, separated men from women and opened fire on them.
“Many died, some escaped. They then set the village on fire. I saw five victims with bullet wounds who managed to escape. They were brought to [Monguno] on wheelbarrows, before they were transferred to vehicles that took them to hospitals.
In total, the militants are believed to have killed at least 15,000 people since 2009.