Attackers believed to be members of the Boko Haram religious sect shot at mourners and set houses on fire after arriving on motorbikes in the village of Kuda near Madagali town in Adamawa state, witnesses said, Al Jazeera reported.
At least 10 people were injured in the incident, one witness told the Associated Press news agency on condition of anonymity due to security concerns.
Resident Moses Kwagh told the Reuters news agency that people waited until three hours after the attack and then counted 18 women’s bodies. Some women were still missing, he said.
“When we said that Boko Haram is still in this place, some people sit in Abuja and claim that there is no more Boko Haram, but see what has happened,” Kwagh said.
Othman Abubakar, a police spokesman, said that the number of dead could rise.
State lawmaker Emmanuel Tsamdu told Reuters: “I have yet to get the details on how it happened and the real number of people killed. I have sent hunters to the area to get me the details because people are afraid to go to the village.”
Kuda is close to the Sambisa Forest, a vast colonial-era game reserve where Boko Haram fighters hide in secluded camps to avoid the Nigerian military. The village was previously attacked by Boko Haram in February.